Matt is a professional painter who owns and operates his own painting business, specializing in interior and exterior house painting.
CHB Interior Latex Paint
Chicago Home Builders (CHB) is an inexpensive interior paint made and sold by Sherwin Williams. The paint has been around forever, but unfortunately, due to supply chain shortages and high demand, it can be hard to find one gallon cans in stock currently, depending on where you live in the United States.
CHB was one of the first paints I ever used in my painting career when I worked in new construction, spray painting new drywall and ceilings. I sprayed hundreds of gallons of this product in the past, but now I primarily use it for painting ceilings when I can find it in stock. CHB is only available at Sherwin Williams stores.
This paint is a really bad choice for a whole house repaint because it's flat and chalky and cannot be maintained easily, but for painting ceilings, it's awesome because it's totally flat. The paint can also double as an inexpensive primer for new drywall too, but I recommend using a PVA primer for that instead.
In my review, I cover some pros and cons of CHB paint so you can decide if it's a good choice for your project.
Is CHB Paint Good Paint for Walls?
Even though CHB is labeled as a wall paint, I don't recommend painting walls with it. The paint finish is very chalky and does not clean well at all when dirt accumulates. Wiping the surface damages the paint easily and causes the color to rub off. This paint is truly horrible for cleaning purposes. If you're painting walls in high-traffic areas, I would definitely go with washable paint like Duration or Regal Select.
Some painters use this product as a wall primer for color changes (when painting a light color over a dark color). However, I don't recommend using it as a primer for that purpose because the chalky finish soaks up top coats of paint like a sponge. I would use a premium latex primer instead so the finish is smoother and less chalky for your top coats.
Is It Good for Painting Ceilings?
CHB is my go-to paint for all ceilings outside of the bathroom. Most ceilings don't need to be cleaned, so I don't worry as much about the durability of the paint. On ceilings, this paint dries in a true flat finish that hides drywall imperfections like seams and lumps really well. But for a bathroom ceiling, a premium eggshell or satin paint that resists mildew, like Duration Home, or Aura Bath and Spa, are the best options.
Coverage: Drywall repairs on a ceiling should be primed; otherwise, the patch will be visible through this paint.
Number of Coats: When two coats are applied, there are no visible lap marks from the roller when dry.
Touch-Ups: The paint touches up very well on surfaces where two coats have been applied. I have found that when only one coat has been applied, touching up the paint can leave a visible mark.
Color Coverage: One coat is usually enough to cover unless the old color underneath is much darker than the paint. This paint does not spread well when rolling because the paint starts drying minutes after going on the surface. When spreading the paint on drywall, you have to roll it fast. The fast drying is nice though because it allows for a second coat to be applied in one hour or less.
Is CHB Paint Worth It?
This paint is awesome for ceilings, but not walls because it's too flat and chalky to maintain. New construction painters use it on new drywall because it's cheap, and although it does coat bare drywall well, CHB is not primer. You really should use a PVA primer to properly seal brand new drywall.
For spraying, the paint sprays nicely with an airless sprayer and the appropriate spray tip. If you are planning to paint large expanses of drywall with this product, spraying is the way to go. Spraying is much faster and makes it easier to achieve the right paint thickness on the surface for rolling.
A step up in quality is the ceiling paint Eminence, also from Sherwin Williams. Unfortunately though, like CHB, this paint can be difficult to find in stock. I've used this product a few times on large ceilings with good results, but for the cheap price, CHB works great too. If you can't find either paint in stock, I would go with ProMar ceiling paint. I have been using this paint for a while now and really like the coverage.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Question: An SW agent suggests using CHB roller marks left after using Emenince ceiling paint on the ceiling. Do you think it will work?
Answer: CHB won't leave roller marks. It works great on ceilings. I've been using it for many years. I'm surprised you had roller marks with Eminence. I've used it several times and two coats looked great on the ceilings I painted.
Question: How much does a 5-gallon bucket of CHB interior latex flat wall paint cost?
Answer: Prices vary depending on your location and whether or not you have any sort of discount pricing. I pay around $20 per gallon for CHB paint, but that's with a contractor discount. You should contact your local Sherwin Williams for pricing, or check their app/website.
Question: Does Sherwin Williams have an outside CHB paint?
Answer: No. CHB is for interior use only.
Question: After requesting a quote to repaint our ceiling, the company added Kilz oil primer to it, does that work best on patched surfaces?
Answer: Kilz oil primer is a good primer-sealer for drywall stains and patchwork. If there are water stains on the ceiling, or if the drywall patches are from water damage repair, oil primer is a good choice for that. But if they're just regular patches, latex primer is fine, or even two coats of CHB paint if the patches are small. Oil primer takes longer to dry and it smells bad.
© 2017 Matt G.
Matt G. (author) from United States on March 01, 2019:
Yes, new drywall should be primed with primer sealer formulated for new drywall.
Dan on February 28, 2019:
Do you have to use a primer before you use the chb on new construction ceilings