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Old 01-23-2014, 09:26 PM   #1
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Retired painting contractor checking in. Had 30+ years in the trade but have been retired for about 6. A lot has changed in the coatings world over these last few years...like the COST of paint, for one.

Walked in to my Sherwin-Williams store after a couple years hiatus, to find their top-of-the-line Emerald retailing at 90 bucks a gallon...and SuperPaint at 50 bucks a gallon.

They still give me a good discount, but...Holy Mackerel!

Anyway, I'll probably mostly be a lurker on this board but thought I should say "Howdy."
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Retired painting contractor checking in. Had 30+ years in the trade but have been retired for about 6. A lot has changed in the coatings world over these last few years...like the COST of paint, for one.

Walked in to my Sherwin-Williams store after a couple years hiatus, to find their top-of-the-line Emerald retailing at 90 bucks a gallon...and SuperPaint at 50 bucks a gallon.

They still give me a good discount, but...Holy Mackerel!

Anyway, I'll probably mostly be a lurker on this board but thought I should say "Howdy."
Just bought a few gallon the other day at $57 bucks a gallon. First time in the store too, so it's not like a was a regular customer or anything.

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Love Charleston, by the way. Been there twice; the last visit was on a two-week road trip my wife and I took through Virginia, and North and South Carolina the last two weeks of May, 2012. Had a great time on both visits.

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Just bought a few gallon the other day at $57 bucks a gallon.

Interesting! Maybe I read the price wrong...or there is some major gouging going on.

Anyway; I only picked up a couple gallons of SuperPaint flat, and the Rep comped me a gallon of the Cashmere Pearl finish to see what I thought of it.
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Interesting! Maybe I read the price wrong...or there is some major gouging going on.

Anyway; I only picked up a couple gallons of SuperPaint flat, and the Rep comped me a gallon of the Cashmere Pearl finish to see what I thought of it.
I dunno about the gouging. First time I have been in a sw store in years. But from what I read here at PT, it would not surprise me as it seems their prices are all over the board.

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Thanks! My in-laws live in Oregon, down between Selma and Kirby. And I did a project up in the Amity area about 15 years ago. Nice up there, but the northern end of the Willamette Valley sure does get the rain! The project kept me up there over winter, and I spent about an hour every morning before work drinking coffee in front of a sunlight lamp.
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...it would not surprise me as it seems their prices are all over the board.
Yeah, I don't know either. They didn't even have the Emerald line when I left the trade. We pretty much got our material at either SW or Benjamin-Moore. We also liked some of the Fuller-O'Brien products, before they were taken over by ICI. Their old AA latex enamel was a great product, they used to make a really nice oil-based enamel undercoat, and I liked their Weather King exterior stuff.

The guy I worked for as an apprentice had a brief love affair going with Decratrend, which I think is from your part of the state (if it's still around, haven't seen it in years).

I also liked Kelly-Moore's 1240 and 1245 for certain exterior work (mid-level exterior residential stuff, pretty much).

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