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Question DetailsAsked on 11/28/2015

Best interior white paint


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For my money, white lead Dutch Boy - but illegal for decades now.

Of those currently available, my preferences - Pratt and Lambert or Sears (made by P&L) - the Sears Easy Living Ultra is the same paint as Pratt and Lambert and cheaper. Also, PPG Silken Touch has a real nice finish - PPG has always made a good paint, especially for gloss white for ceilings. Sherwin Williams (who makes P&L and a lot of other brands too) has some good lines, and some pretty poor - their product consistency and quality has jumped around over the decades so what was a good product line one year is junk the next, so I have lost confidence in their Sherwin Williams, Minwax, and Martin Senour product lines. S-W paints seem to have a tendency to separate out real fast too - without mixing every 5 minutes they settle out and you get a water layear on top (even in paint trays) that ruins the consistency of the job. Red Devil is very good, especially the enamels - but not a general wall paint - great for furniture and toy and appliance touchup and such.

On my personal "junk" list - Glidden and Behr - both for poor adhesion in application and for poor long-term wear resistance. It is real fun (but disappointing) to properly prepare your surface, then put on a paint and watch it either wick-out to an almost transparently thin film, or to brush or roll on a nice area and then a minute or two later see if pull away as much as a couple of feet or so and then run down the wall - like a magic trick or cartoon. I just hate how they apply and stick (or rather, do not stick) - they seem to be way too thick and gooey and self-adhesive, but I find they don't want to stick to the surface well - interior and exterior both, and especially over oils. And Behr seems to have zero abrasion resistance - rub or gouge it the least bit, like catch it with a fingaernail, and it peels away from the wall like it was rubber cement or tape - even years after application.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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