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Paint and Primer in One – When do we need it?

Paint companies in the last couple of years have released new formulas of paint that they label as “Paint and Primer in One” (PPIO), but when do we really need to use it? The cost of the PPIO is higher than traditional latex paints and most of them are a different type of paint altogether. Take for instance our Valspar Integrity Interior Paint. Up until now, this was labeled as a traditional latex (Vinyl Acetate Ethylene Copolymer) paint. Recently however, without even changing the formula, it is now dubbed as a PPIO. Our “best paint” – Medallion PPIO is an acrylic (Acrylic Resin) latex. If you’re familiar with acrylic at all, you know that it is highly stain resistant and very durable.
So when should I use the “best” paint?
The Medallion PPIO is great for projects where you will be painting over an existing color. Tests show that the Medallion PPIO has a better coverage over hard to cover colors. The formula dries quickly as well. You can re-coat within 2-4 hours.
When working with a new construction surface, my opinion is that you should first use a standard primer and then topcoat with the Integrity (traditional) latex paint. Primer is much less expensive than top coat paint and can even be tinted to match the color of the wall. This primer will then fill those pores up, giving your top coat much better coverage at less cost than if you used only the Medallion PPIO.
As you now know, I do a TON of painting. I’ve had experience with both the Medallion acrylic latex and the Integrity traditional latex paints. I can’t really say that I like one better than another. I still do use the Integrity on interior projects, but also use the Medallion under certain circumstances such as painting the outside of our house and our fiberglass entry door. When painting a product other than drywall, like a door or siding, be sure to read the manufactures specifications for paint. I’m finding more and more are requiring that you use the acrylic paints in order to keep your warranty valid. At least now, we have easy access to both types of paint, so the only decision other than color to make is, “Which one should I use?”
Whenever in doubt, feel free to ask me at the store. I’d love to help!

Painting – What Color Should I Use?

Valspar Color Cards

One of the most commonly asked questions that I get at work is, “What color do you think would look good with this ____________ ?”  Well, here’s a tip to help you choose.

After you’ve decided what color family you’re wanting to have, go to the store and find some color chip samples.  Our store has hundreds of them to choose from and they’re all free for the taking.  I usually take three or four different ones home, each with a different “background shade” so that I can decide which is best.  Remember, colors will look much different at your house than they will under the fluorescent lights of the store.

When you get home, find yourself some scissors and painter’s tape.  If the color chip has several different colors, cut out the ones you’re most interested in.  If you’re lucky and the color you’re interested in is on one big card, you can use that.  Use the painter’s tape and put a small piece on each of the color chips.  Put chips up on the wall – eye level – spacing them so that they’re not one on top of another.  Be sure to do this in a place where the lighting is good.

Now the easy part!  For the next few days while you’re walking in or out of the room, take a glance at the wall, chances are, one of the colors will continuously draw your eye.  This will most likely be the color that works.  Just to be sure, move that color to a different wall where the lighting might be different.  That way you can make sure that the color doesn’t take on a different tone.

Wasn’t that easy?