Sherwin Williams Paint Reviews
Best House Paint
Some people are convinced Benjamin Moore is the best. They do have excellent paints, but they're also pretty expensive. Sherwin Williams also sells quality paints and stains at more affordable prices.
I have used almost all of the Sherwin Williams paints at one time or another. This article provides a few Sherwin Williams paint reviews. The reviews are based on a few of their paints that I use the most.
ProMar 200 is my most widely used paint for walls because the price is reasonable and it provides a quality paint finish. The eggshell finish, if rolled on walls properly, does not leave roller marks. The cost is between $24 to $30 per gallon, depending on the finish selected. A flat finish is the cheapest and gloss is the most expensive.
ProMar 200 is the only paint I recommend from the ProMar brand at Sherwin Williams. Stay away from ProMar 400 and ProMar 700 because the coverage is terrible as well as the quality of the paint.
There is also a newer zero voc ProMar 200 paint and I highly recommend it. It only costs an extra $1 to $2 per gallon and there are no hazardous paint fumes. The paint also dries a lot faster than regular house paint, so you can begin applying the second coat shortly after painting the first coat. I use zero voc paint a lot and I've been very pleased with it.
I use interior SuperPaint for walls in high end homes and I prefer exterior SuperPaint for most of my exterior paint jobs. The cost is roughly $35 per gallon. SuperPaint is a great exterior paint, but if you're repainting the inside of your home, ProMar 200 will do just fine and it will save you money. If you pay the extra price for SuperPaint though, it is better than ProMar 200, in terms of quality.
SuperPaint covers very well. It is possible to get away with only 1 coat if the color you're painting is similar to the old paint color underneath, but I don't recommend painting only 1 coat for exterior application.
The durability of SuperPaint is very good, especially for exterior painting. I highly recommend it for aluminum siding and it's great for painting over previously painted wood. It is backed by a 25-year warranty.
CHB is great for ceilings. Even though the label on the can says 'wall paint', you can paint it on ceilings too and it looks excellent. I have painted dozens of ceilings with CHB and it's by far one of the best paints I have ever used for ceilings. It doesn't dry in a shiny finish or leave roller marks like Behr ceiling paint does.
In newly constructed homes, paint contractors and builders often use CHB to paint the first coat on bare drywall. CHB is cheap and works great for hiding imperfections on drywall. It dries in a completelty flat finish and makes old ceilings look brand new. If you like ceiling paint to be completely flat, without the shiny look, there is absolutely no sheen in the CHB paint finish.
There is no reason to spend a lot of money on ceiling paint, especially since some of the expensive ceiling paints leave roller marks (Behr paint). However, if you think you'll need to clean your ceilings, don't buy CHB because it doesn't clean easy without leaving marks and if you like shiny paint on the ceiling then buy something else. DO NOT paint CHB on walls, unless you're a landlord looking for a cost-effective way to repaint your rental unit.
You won't find CHB on the shelf at a Sherwin Williams store, but they have it in the back of the store. Ask the store clerk.
If you want your exterior paint finish to last for years, Duration paint is definitely a good choice. The problem is that it costs at least $50 per gallon. I don't use it very often for my business due to the cost, but I have used it a few times and I thought it was excellent paint.
The coverage is great and Duration is self-priming over previously painted surfaces. It is important to know though that Duration cannot be used as a primer over bare wood outside. It is only self-priming over a previouly painted surface. For bare wood, you will have to apply an oil-based primer before applying Duration.
Duration is extremely durable, which is why the product is backed by a lifetime warranty. If you plan to live in your home for a long time and you need to repaint the outside, it makes sense to spend the money on this paint if you can afford it, but if you want to save money and still use a durable paint, choose SuperPaint instead. Your paint finish will last.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
If you no longer use ProMar 200 interior paint, then what do you now use?
I use Duration a lot. Cashmere is good too. For cabinets and trim, I've been very pleased with Emerald Urethane. All from Sherwin Williams.Helpful 29
My painter used ProMar 200 on my walls. It covered my family room wall well, but there are roller marks on my hallway walls. They were repainted, but there are still roller marks. What's the problem? We used the same color but a different can of paint.
ProMar 200 isn't the greatest paint to begin with. I don't use this paint anymore. My article is quite old and outdated. Different factors could have caused the roller marks, but it's possible the paint hadn't fully cured yet in between coats, or a low-quality paint roller was used. Rolling technique also plays a role. If the painter didn't roll correctly or rolled back into drying paint, this will definitely leave noticeable roller marks on doors and walls.Helpful 29
What do you think, Promar 200 or Emerald for interior walls?
Definitely Emerald, or Duration.Helpful 23
Will a previously painted stucco exterior need two coats?
I always apply two coats. It depends on the color. If the color is the same, and the surface is in good condition, one coat is fine. If you're changing colors, two might be needed to get solid coverage. Two coats are more durable.Helpful 6
I do not want to remove shutters. Can they be painted in place? They are vinyl or plastic.
Yes, of course, but if you can safely access the shutters to take them down, this will make painting them a lot easier. But if you don't take them down, you can paint them from a ladder with a brush and roller, or cover the windows and siding with plastic and spray them.Helpful 8
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