Differences between cheap and expensive paints ?

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Old 08-31-16, 01:36 PM
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Differences between cheap and expensive paints ?

Could anyone share whether there is any difference between cheap paints and more expensive ones ? Also would more expensive paints require only 1 good coat as oppose to lesser expensive paints which would require 2 or more coats?
 
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You hit on one of the differences, more expensive paints also can be easier to apply.
 
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More expensive paints use better ingredients and have more solids which is what's left on the surface after the carrier solvent e.g. has evaporated. One coat or 2 will be dependent on color and what's being painted. Painting is usually labor intensive so unless it's a quick hit and run e.g. selling the house, then it's usually a better investment to buy more expensive paint.
 
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Better quality paints both cover and wear better than their cheaper counterpart. Quality flat paints are generally more washable than the cheap flat latex.
 
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Thank you everyone. Any recommendation of a good quality paint from Homedepot.ca or Lowes.ca stores ?
 
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I've never had a problem with Behr from HD. I actually prefer it in my own home.
They have good primers if needed and the paint rolls, covers and brushes well.
Use a quality brush and for rolling the walls I use the disposable weenie rollers, they work great and very little clean up.
You didn't say the sheen you want but as Mark mentioned, flat is the hardest to clean and IMO Behr makes some of the best flat paint available.
The eggshell and semi gloss are obviously easy to clean, I prefer eggshell over semi gloss in anything but trim work.
 
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I don't have a lot of experience with big box store paints. I know HD sells some Glidden paint and while Glidden does have some quality paint, what is offered at the big box is their bottom line stuff which IMO isn't fit to use.

Behr coatings don't have a great reputation but there are those that really like it, including Brian

My long standing advice has always been to buy the best paint you can afford. I'd rather go cheap on the ceiling than on the walls or trim!
 
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Any recommendation of a good quality paint from Homedepot.ca or Lowes.ca
There are many who would say there is no such thing. It has been my observation that more horror stories of painting on this site involve Behr paints than any other but, as Brian pointed out, there are people who like that brand of paint. Personally, I'm like Mark in that I only buy paint from paint stores, not paint departments. I'm currently buying from Sherwin Williams but I used to use Benjamin Moore when I used to live closer to one of their stores. Regardless, I would never use anyone's lower lines of paint.
 
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I didn't realize Behr had a bad rep.
Around here all the pros use Frazee, which has many stores but I think they are a local company.

Just follow the paint trucks around, or you can't go wrong with the paint stores already mentioned.
A real paint store usually knows much more about paint than a home center.
 
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I didn't realize Behr had a bad rep
Actually, I don't think it does - between all of HD's advertising of it and Consumer Reports declaring it great paint, I think it has a good reputation. The problem is, based on my observation, that it is nowhere near as good as its reputation and that's where the problems start.
 
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Could any of you recommend a good quality latex acrylic and semi gloss paint(s) with primer ? We live in Canada and have Lowe's and Home Depot stores everywhere.

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Don't get hung up on whether or not the label says paint and primer or not. Raw substrates need a separate primer, repaints do not. I don't know a lot about the quality of the big box paint selection, I usually go to a real paint store and buy from their better lines. Paint is like most things, the price is often indicative of the quality.
 
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Old 09-06-16, 09:06 AM
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Go to a paint store, not a paint department and get paint. If you need primer, buy primer.

IMO, those all in one products are just a marketing ploy.
 
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