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Forum topic by RetiredCoastie posted 01-17-2010 08:48 PM 1123 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2010 08:48 PM

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 01-17-2010 08:55 PM

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 01-17-2010 11:29 PM

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 01-17-2010 11:39 PM

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 01-22-2010 03:02 PM

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 01-22-2010 03:49 PM

I would go with that cheap Walmart !!

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#6 posted 01-22-2010 04:40 PM

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 01-22-2010 04:52 PM

Thanks guys for all your info and recommendations!

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#8 posted 01-22-2010 05:00 PM

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 01-22-2010 08:07 PM

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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