Behr Paint vs. Sherwin Williams: Which One's Better?
Is Sherwin Williams Paint Better Than Behr Paint?
Throughout my painting career, I have used multiple paint brands, including Behr and Sherwin Williams. I use Sherwin Williams paint for the majority of my painting projects, but occasionally, a customer supplies the paint for me, which is usually the Behr brand from Home Depot.
Behr isn't the worst paint I've ever used, but as a professional painter, there are things about their interior paint I don't like. At the request of the customer, I painted the whole interior of two homes with Behr paint, using Ultra Premium Plus for the walls in both homes. I have also used their ceiling paint, which I didn't like at all, as well as the regular Premium Plus.
I have no experience using their exterior products, or interior trim paint, but I have many hours of experience with their wall paint, and I'll share my thoughts on which one is better for me, based on my needs as a painter who works with paint all the time.
Behr Paint Pricing vs. Sherwin Williams
With paint, you definitely get what you pay for. Cheap paint won't give you good coverage like premium paint will. Inexpensive paint is very thin in consistency. This means more material, more dipping the roller, and more time spent working. Premium paint costs more, but it's thicker and covers in one or two coats.
Behr paint is a lot cheaper than Sherwin Williams. Behr's top paint, Marquee, is $42 per gallon, as of this writing. You can buy a gallon of their least expensive wall paint, Premium Plus, for $27, in the flat finish, or upgrade to their Premium Plus Ultra line and pay $35 for a gallon of eggshell.
In comparison, Sherwin Williams paint is very expensive at full price for a homeowner looking to paint their home, unless it's purchased during a sales event. Even some of their lower quality products can be pricey without a coupon, paint sale, or contractor pricing. Prices for their top paints, Duration Home and Emerald, range from $67 to $77 per gallon. Their new Emerald urethane paint starts at $93 per gallon.
The durability and coverage of their premium paints, Duration and Emerald urethane, are well worth the cost, and you can score their top paints by waiting for one of their 30% to 40% off sales events. They have sales on and off all year long.
Sherwin Williams paint is mostly used by contractors who supply the paint for their clients at big discounts. Behr, while used by many contractors, is used mostly by homeowners.
If you want to save as much money as possible on your painting project, and you don't care about durability, or coverage, Behr Premium Plus is the cheapest option. Sherwin Williams paints like Cashmere, Duration, Emerald urethane, and Super Paint, are excellent paints that perform so much better than cheap Behr paint from Home Depot.
Brushing and Rolling Both Brands
I painted the interior of two homes with Behr Premium Plus Ultra. The paint is very thick, which does help with the coverage on walls, but it's terrible for brush work, especially cutting-in ceiling corners. The material release and flow from my brush was really bad when I used it, requiring multiple dips into the can to get the paint up into the corner.
The paint feels too thick and sticky when rolling, compared to the paints I normally use. I had to roll over the same area multiple times to lay it out evenly. To be fair, I haven't used their Marquee line yet.
Like any other brand, not all Sherwin Williams paints perform well for brushing and rolling, but their premium paint is much better than Behr. I use Duration Home a lot for interior walls. The paint covers really well in one to two coats. Cutting-in corners with Duration is a lot faster because the material flows so much better for brushing and rolling.
The coverage of Behr Premium Plus Ultra is good, but applying the material is not. This might not be an issue for someone with a one-time painting project, but if you're working with paint every day, using a product that goes on easy is important.
In conclusion, the durability, performance, and versatility of products from Sherwin Williams, is definitely better for me than Behr. A contractor can get their top of the line products at really good discount prices. Behr is a cheap alternative for a homeowner not willing to spend more than $50 per gallon for their paint.
Questions & Answers
We have always used SW paint and love it! Can you recommend a white color that is not cream but not stark white either? I want a soft white that is more pearl white than stark white but not cream.
I've used the color Snowbound a lot for cabinets. The color Westhighland White is nice.Helpful 52
What paint would you recommend for new drywall in a garage?
The new drywall should first be primed with a PVA primer to seal the surface. Don't paint it without priming first. For the new drywall, I use a PVA primer called Drywall Primer from Sherwin Williams. Paint the walls with a durable and washable anti-mildew bathroom paint. Bathroom paint is good for handling humidity and would work well on the garage walls too if it gets hot and humid. You could also use a durable trim enamel on the walls in a satin or semi-gloss finish. Sherwin Williams Emerald urethane trim enamel is for interior and exterior use. Straight exterior paint has too many VOC's for use in an enclosed space, but the interior/exterior use products are a safer alternative.Helpful 25
Buying an older 1905 home in Chicago with layer upon layer upon layer of paint. Can these walls be sanded down with a power drywall sander, primed and painted again instead of replacing all the walls?
Knowing the age of your home, I would be very concerned about layers of lead paint underneath. I definitely wouldn't sand the walls without first checking for lead paint with a lead tester kit. You can buy them at home improvement stores. Unless the paint's chipping off, I wouldn't even sand them other than a light surface sanding for new paint. Yes, there are electric paint removers that will sand off the layers, but that's not going to be easy. It's going to produce a huge mess and the plaster will be damaged. If the existing paint's in decent condition, but not smooth, consider skim coating the surface instead of sanding through the layers. You could tear the old walls out and replace them with new drywall, but that will be a big project too.Helpful 24
What kind of finish would you recommend for white exterior paint?
Satin and semi-gloss are both good if you want easier surface cleaning. I prefer the satin finish of the product I use. You can use flat if you don't want the surface to be shiny, but the dull surface makes it harder to wash dirt off.Helpful 16
What is the best product to cover red walls going to white walls?
Prime the red walls white with a quality latex primer. From Sherwin Williams, I've used their latex PrepRite ProBlock primer and Multi-Purpose primer (latex) many times with good results. These are good products for priming dark walls you're painting white or white walls you're painting tricky colors like red. They also have another latex product called Wall and Wood primer that I've used once to prime dark blue walls I painted a light cream color. The primer is thick and covered really well when I used it. I believe the Wall and Wood primer is the most expensive option out of the three, but the coverage was noticeably better.Helpful 18
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