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Old 06-30-2009, 03:46 PM   #1
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Many of use have painted for years and have our favorite products, ones we feel apply and last the best. I think it is hard to know for sure what ones are the best based on our own experience. First of all, only the biggest companies can have enough of a sample size to draw meaningful conclusions, then they have to be willing to use multiple products under similar conditions and monitor the results, and finally the paint companies have to keep the products the same for a while (seems like they reformulate often enough to render results meaningless).

Does anyone try to do sample boards to test for durability or feel they have used enough products to really know who has the best products? Are there places that you feel do a better job than Consumer's Report at testing and whose results we can check??
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Yah, go to the hardware store and test samples. Although that may be wrong since I really don't understand your question... Although I will say that if your comfortable with your product, then stick with it! Using different varieties will confuse you, and you don't know whats best anymore.

Just do what you want to do



BTW, Behr, or BM, is best in my opinion, I don't use anything else!
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Good question, Rob has pretty much been an Old Quaker and Sherwin Williams user.
Here are a few sites I have bookmarked, might find something.
http://www.paintinfo.com/news/ConsumersTests.html
http://www.specifypaint.us/Home.asp
http://paintquality.com/spec/index.html
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The problem is that a real test of exterior coatings would need the same finish, same color, same exposure for probably 3-5 years minimum. 2-5 years for a exterior door finish, etc. I do not have the space or time to do samples like that. I am planning on setting up a test of front door finishes though.
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I was thinking about doing it with stains (sikkens, rymar, and, for fun, used motor oil)
never got around to it. It would be fun though. I don't feel that the CR style of durability testing for exterior paints is that representative of real life. For chalk and fade resistance, sure pointing a panel 45 degrees south would be fine, but how is that going to show things like peel and moisture resistance? I don't believe it.
Sorry for my posts tonight, my brain is moving way faster than my fingers or mouth can keep up so things are getting a little scrambled.
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