I bought the Purdy 18-inch adjustable roller frame from my local Sherwin Williams store, but I don’t use it very often because it’s problematic. Purdy products are normally top quality, but this roller frame can really be a pain in the ass to work with.
The adjustable screws on the frame are the biggest problem. The screws are supposed to keep the paint roller locked in place, but they come loose frequently, even when tightening with a wrench.
During all the times I used this roller to paint ceilings, the screws always came loose once the roller became heavy with paint and the roller would nearly fall right out of the frame. As you can imagine, this is extremely messy because you have to reinsert a wet, dripping paint roller into the frame by hand. The roller frame design definitely needs improvement so the parts can support the heavy weight of a saturated paint roller.
Oak cabinets we painted using Sherwin Williams ProClassic enamel semi-gloss.
Replacing old kitchen cabinets can cost several thousand dollars. If you are sick of the oak cabinets in your kitchen, painting them white is a much cheaper way to update your kitchen, especially if you do the job yourself. Cabinet painting is tedious work, but the end result is amazing if the job is done correctly.
Painting cabinets can take three to five days or longer, depending on the size of the kitchen and application method. We use an airless sprayer. You can certainly use a brush and roller and get great results too, but it will take a lot longer to finish. You can rent an airless sprayer from your local paint store for around $50 per day. You will probably need to practice a bit with the sprayer before spraying the cabinets.
I’m going to explain how to paint old oak cabinets and the materials we use to complete the job.
This is a brief review about Benjamin Moore Regal Select paint and primer in the eggshell finish. The paint costs around $50 per gallon, but it’s well worth the expense in my experience. I give Regal Select five stars. The paint quality is much better than the regular Regal Classic, which doesn’t have primer in the paint. Regal Select covers nicely with two coats, at least for the times I used it.
The paint isn’t too thick and the material flows over drywall with ease when cutting in. There is nothing more annoying than cutting in walls with thick, gluey paint. When you paint for a living like me, it’s a pleasure using paints that provide smooth application. I don’t have any problems with this paint.
Behr Ultra eggshell enamel is a paint and primer in one that costs around $33 per gallon at the Home Depot. I painted an entire house once with Behr Ultra satin enamel and I didn’t have any problems with that paint, but I recently painted a room with the Ultra eggshell enamel and it was terrible to work with.
The paint is way too thick and does not flow nicely, which caused my paint brush to drag and pull like crazy when cutting in the ceiling edges. The paint totally gummed up the bristles of my brush and was a nightmare to work with. Paint should flow smoothly off the end of your brush for easy cutting.
I normally use quality paint from Sherwin Williams, but my customer wanted to use Behr. I have used many different paints over the years, but this product tops my list of the worst wall paints to brush and roll with. I won’t use it again. I did not experience problems with the satin enamel, so I’m not sure why the eggshell version was so bad.
Behr flat ceiling paint is an acrylic-latex paint sold exclusively at Home Depot. Occasionally, we paint homes where the customer supplies their own paint for the job and Behr ceiling paint has been used a time or two in those situations. This is probably one of the worst ceiling paints I have ever used.
One time we used Behr ceiling paint to paint a relatively large ceiling that had been spot primed with Kilz oil-base primer. The paint would not cover over the primer spots in one or two coats. It ended up taking multiple coats of the ceiling paint to completely cover the primer spots to blend in with the rest of the ceiling. Kilz primer does have a grayish tint, but it shouldn’t take multiple coats to cover the marks.