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Forum topic by RetiredCoastie posted 1647 days ago 750 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I normally avoid house painting because I detest it, but I will be painting my garage / shop once the contractors finish re-installing insulation and drywall. My question is have any of you used the paints that advertise primer and paint in one can, or am I better off going with primer coats and then finish coat?

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#1 posted 1647 days ago

Coastie, never used primer and finish in one can. I do it for a living and I couldn’t afford it not performing up to adveritsement. Kilz latex one coat, then flat interior 2 coats (I like Sherwin-Williams 200 series). Home Cheapot sells 2 gal bucket for @ $25 (Kilz).

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#2 posted 1646 days ago

I know of it but never used it, I would use primer first, for one thing primer is cheaper and you will be sure to do a good job.

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#3 posted 1646 days ago

We used that kind of paint on a friends (semi-) finished basement last year, it worked ok, but frankly I think traditional primer + 2 coats interior would have looked better. Also its more expensive, so final costs work out to be about the same.

If you want something that looks really good, go with primer + paint, if you just want to cover the drywall and have it look alright, the one step is fine and will save you some time and effort

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#4 posted 1642 days ago

i use walmart semi-gloss interior and roll it on thick ,
it comes in white or off white , and can be tinted if you like .
1 coat !
it costs $44 for 5 gallons and is like a plastic barrier that can be cleaned .
no primer , no second coat .

cheap !

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#5 posted 1642 days ago

I would go with that cheap Walmart !!

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#6 posted 1642 days ago

I’ve tried lots of paints and there are a few good ones and a few dogs. When I want to do a really good job on walls I use Benjamin Moore. Expensive but it stands above the rest. When I have a lesser wall, like a spare bedroom, closets, shop maybe? I use Behr from home Depot. It has the highest consumer rating in consumer reports but It’s not the best. Just a good paint for half the price of some others. Be careful of Behr bold colors though. deep yellows and reds can be a bit sticky and do not go on well.

If you use a combo primer/paint, unless you have white walls underneath you’ll probably end up putting two coats anyway. They are definitely not made for painting over a colored wall, even a pastel color.

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#7 posted 1642 days ago

Thanks guys for all your info and recommendations!

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#8 posted 1642 days ago

I have used recycled paint they call it “boomerang” at a 1/4 of the price of good paint well $9.99 a gallon I was very surprised because it came out really good but you are limited to 6 colors. Of coarse no white.

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#9 posted 1642 days ago

I go for the cheap at Walmart… another life….in between real jobs, I was a night stocker at Wallyworld…..the store brand paint came in 4 gallon cans per box…....the shipping boxes had Sherwin-Williams printed on them….go figure!!!! brand for cheap!!!

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