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I'm hoping it's going to be this little lovely right here. It's certainly the most expensive, at $116 for 2.5L. That's right, this baby is METRIC. Imported oil enamel from Holland. Brilliant white finish. Hollandlac by Fine Paints of Europe

It's going on a custom-built vanity in my downstairs bathroom. Doing the high-build enamel underbody for a primer. Might buff it with superfine rouge afterward to a mirror polish. Bob, the local Ben Moore manager (and ultimate paint guru, and I will fight you if you don't agree) told me I can do it with a buffing wheel. :thumbup:

So, what is, hands down, the nicest stuff you've ever had the pleasure of working with? Discuss.
 

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Whoa, you putting that in the house you described in the nicotine thread?

That's outrageous. But I bet you'll get great results.

Me, Aura is my splurge. Once I even sprang for it in semi-gloss. (Only a quart though.)

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The house was a one family, then a two family, then a one family, then a crack house, then a heroine house, then abandoned for a year. The neighbors told me that when the door opened, smoke would pour out like it was on fire. I'm talking about 20 junkies chain-smoking twenty four seven. It was a miracle the place didin't burn down.

I've seen a lot of nicotine issues over the years, but my own house was the worst, and this was the quick and easy solution, and it worked like a charm. And only took a couple of hours to mask and spray. Now, getting the trim clean was a whole other issue -- took a lot of scraping, alcohol, scrubby pads, and time.
 

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For trim and cabinets FPoE was the nicest to brush. Never sprayed it. But I don't like to use oil anymore. So Advance is the next best thing. Aura is nice for walls but so are many other paints too.
 

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Ha! I use Aura for customers all the time. In my own house, though, UltraSpec is totally fine.

That house has come a VERY long way, from biohazard, to construction site, to project, to home. All of the trim SHINES with 4-5 coats of amber shellac.

If you can ignore the toddler toys strewn about. . . or maybe that helps. . . the second image is my living room, aka, the nicotine disaster. You know, BIN doesn't look that bad as a finish, either? When I got married, in that room, the walls were still in BIN.
 

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I never tried any of the FPOE paints, but I sell the most impressive paint I have ever used. The California Ultraspec is a pretty good urethane modified acrylic that will lay down like crazy when it's brushed. I painted my warehouse racks right over some Rustoleum gloss black and after 2 days it was hard as heck and would scrape of at all.
 

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I heard great things about California paints. Never had the pleasure. It's still a special order item around here
 

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The ocean people on here get into pissing contests over high-end marine varnish imported from the Old Country.

The 1950s blank was a good product, but now Epifanes is better than blank or blank.
 

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I've heard great things about FPoE, thought never had the pleasure. It's probably one of the best finishes around from second-hand experience, but whether the quality is actually proportional to the cost increase is what I'm not sure of. If you've got a customer who gives you a free reign with money and just says "I want the best possible finish" FPoE is probably your best bet. If you just like high quality finishes that look great and are durable, Aura/Advance or California products and similar higher end products are more practical imo.
 

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The ocean people on here get into pissing contests over high-end marine varnish imported from the Old Country.

The 1950s blank was a good product, but now Epifanes is better than blank or blank.
I paint down along the CT coast, and I know those people. Put some beautiful varnish on a door in North Stonington. On that Dane house did a cathedral ceiling room in Ralph Lauren suede textured finish, which turned into 3 more rooms. Gotta love time and materials jobs.

Can't remember the brand of varnish though.
 

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I paint down along the CT coast, and I know those people. Put some beautiful varnish on a door in North Stonington. On that Dane house did a cathedral ceiling room in Ralph Lauren suede textured finish, which turned into 3 more rooms. Gotta love time and materials jobs.

Can't remember the brand of varnish though.
In Connecticut isn't it called vaaanish?
 

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*harumph*
Surely, you must be thinking of those barbarians in Massachusetts! In Connecticut we speak broadcast standard American English. Like on the tee vee. ;)
 

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Surely, you must be thinking of those barbarians in Massachusetts! In Connecticut we speak broadcast standard American English. Like on the tee vee. ;)
I'm sorry. That's how my buddy from Rhode Island says it. Is Rhode Island in Connecticut or Massachusetts?
 

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Mass can have em. Pretty sure it's a province of Sicily though.
 

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Surely, you must be thinking of those barbarians in Massachusetts! In Connecticut we speak broadcast standard American English. Like on the tee vee. ;)
In Oklahoma that would be called a tay vay.
 

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For me it was the old SW Velvet Alkyd, satin finish. You rolled that on plaster walls and the finish was smooth as a baby's butt. It worked well on drywall too. Super smooth, super hard finish unlike the roughness you see in the modern latex finishes. It was just one of those great paints that you didn't have to go crazy doing prepwork before applying. A gentle sanding to remove any boogers on the wall and you were good to go. Stunk to high heaven, but worth it in the end.
 

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who here was standing upright enough to have applied Martin Senour's Williamsburg line?

That's BEFORE P&L or SW or whoever f-ed the paint up. Like circa 72.

It applied like BUTTAH. Yes, an alkyd coating.
 
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Not old enough to remember those. By the time I started painting, in 2000, oil was reserved for trim, and exterior. Cut my teeth on satin impervo, though. Still like it, but I cut it with naphtha to get the VOCs back!
 
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