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Old 02-13-2016, 10:18 AM   #1
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I primarily use BM products, with Aura making up 80% of top coats, but use the UltraSpec flat for the ceiling. Loved the 508 but had issues with 'cracking' in the corners.

Spectrum Paint just purchased our regional BM franchises and have added their signature lines. Overall what quality is their paint made up of and specifically is the ceiling paint worth using as far as 1) quality and 2) price/value. I like a very white product with good coverage. The UltraSpec is not as white as the 508 but I have no issues/problems. it looks like they have several lines of paint/ceiling products - Spec1 and Spec-Pro.

Can I get some opinions/reviews of this company and their products?
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Old 02-13-2016, 10:37 AM   #2
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Spectrum paint started in Tulsa which is 40 miles from me. They are family owned and a great company. They are buying up lots of BM stores now I think they are the largest franchise now in america.

Most of there spectrum labeled paint is PPG from my understanding. Spec pro and spec one are basically the equivalent of ppg speed hide. I do not like the ceiling paint but many do. I still like BM superhide flat white. The store in my town is very competitive on pricing and hires very good employees that have been with them along time.

They also have a color called spectrum white that they like to push as white puts its not its grey.


Overall the company offers many great benefits since it is larger than the mom and pop BM stores. They can bring in products small BM stores couldnt. Also you can setup to see your account online and pay it online.
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I just started using Spectrum so I'm still getting used to their product lines. So far they have all levels of products and comparable products to SW. They sell multiple brands in one store. Their actual Spectrum paints are relabeled products at very competitive prices. Around here they are new build grade or low cost alternatives. I used some of their exterior products last year and thought for the price they applied well. I will be watching the longevity though. Get them a try.
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Why would Spectrum paints be relabeled PPG???
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Why would Spectrum paints be relabeled PPG???
It's a private label of PPG products. Fairly common. I had a chance to go work for them back in 1987. I'd be set if I had done it and was still working there. Shoulda coulda woulda, right?
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I'm pretty sure they have a private label version of the old BM super spec. I hated that paint, not as if that matters tho.

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So whats the whole scoop
How do you even private label a paint nevertheless PPG
How many relabels does PPG have???
And how on earth did they get that many Ben moores
Sooo many questions
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They are a very well run company from what I can tell. They have been growing in the last few years rather rapidly. I know they have their own reps and do a very good job with customer service in my area but again I am 40 miles from where the company started.
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To the OP, cracked corners with flat paint:
Hit the corners with satin or eggshell first, then your flat on top.
No more cracks.
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To the OP, cracked corners with flat paint:
Hit the corners with satin or eggshell first, then your flat on top.
No more cracks.

I'm going to try that I have had flat crack over caulking and never knew how to solve it. I always assumed it was movement and the flat was not flexible.
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Jacob, I keep a quart of white BM aura satin in my van for this purpose.
Hit the cured caulk with a thicker coat of satin paint then after its dry apply your flat paint.
It always cures the alligator skin look.
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To the OP, cracked corners with flat paint:
Hit the corners with satin or eggshell first, then your flat on top.
No more cracks.
I see the 508 as an overpriced vinyl acrylic but personally believe it is the 'whitest' and best covering product for ceilings. That said, although cutting the ceiling in may be something I try next time I use it, it is more efficient to just use a product that that isn't required. I would also think that it would be visible since you are essentially 'spot priming' the perimeter which would effect absorption and cause some banding.

For those who have used the spectrum ceiling paints, which is the better product? It looks as though it is a vinyl acrylic is well. I'm looking for coverage and a very white ceiling paint.
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508-09 and all the 508-1X-4X are al 100% Acrylic. The old Muresco Ceiling White 258-01 is a classic vinyl acrylic. The 508 is a dead flat.
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