Yeah, strange thread subject, I know. But I have to vent.
We're painting a bedroom, in anticipation of a new family member this winter. I've stayed out of the design details, leaving that up to my wife. We like Behr products, so I went to Home Depot to pick up the paint that she wanted for the room, only to crap myself after seeing the total for 3 gallons of paint.
I've done a fair amount of painting in the past several years, but I must have blacked out during the time when paint skyrocketed past $20 per gallon. As far as I know there aren't gold flakes in this stuff I bought today, but it cost me $34 per gallon!
What the hell am I missing?! I never expected a 3-gallon purchase to surpass the century mark!!
stick with Behr or Benjamin Moore. not Martha Stewart
Ugh. I just bought a house and it has a perfect man cave in the basement. Problem is one wall is orange. I planned on painting it gold, but Jesus. Not at these prices.
I painted over some pretty funky colors when I moved in with just the generic store brand from Lowes/Home Depot and it was somewhere around $20. One coat plus a quick second and it was fine.
We just painted over our kitchen that was that dark "County Blue" with an eggshell/pearl color. Because the wife is impatient she insisted on picking it up herself while she was out rather than when I was going out the next day.
Well, you can probably tell where this went. Nearly $40/gal nice paint+primer in one crap. And that is exactly what it was...crap. I couldn't tell any difference in the stuff from any other paint I ever used.
You'll be just fine with the generic stuff...even if you need one extra quick coat to fill in some speckles, it's not worth doubling the price to get out of it.
It's Titanium Dioxide. About 1/3 of the cost of a can of paint for the manufacturer is Titanium Dioxide. Prices have skyrocketed since 2010. Also the other stuff like Polypropolyene and other resins are up with oil.
Good news is TIO2 is now leveling off and may even start declining. Some of the other raw materials have cooled off a little as well. However I doubt prices for paint comes down much. Sherwin Williams raises prices when raws go up, and then they don't give much price back. Check out a stock chart of ticker SHW.
Sherwin Williams raises prices when raws go up, and then they don't give much price back.
Exactly what the oil industry does. Some sheik in the middle east has a cranky week and futures go up 20 cents. Abdullah cools off and prices only retreat 5 cents. Cozy 15 cent gain over nothing. Everybody wins but you and me. We just keep getting ****ed in the ***.
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