Painting exterior doors with Benjamin Moore products

Old 06-12-07, 08:41 AM
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Painting exterior doors with Benjamin Moore products

I am about to paint three exterior doors. They are pine, factory pre-primed (I don't know if with oil- or water-based primer). I am planning to use Benjamin Moore oil-based paint, with a high sheen. (I like the look better than acrylic latex)

I was thinking of buying BM Fresh Start oil-based interior/exterior primer and, for topcoat, exterior high-gloss oil based Moore House Paint 110 (which I have used in partially painting my porch wood railing). Link is:

However, the BM salesperson told me that, since this is an exterior product, it should NOT be used in the inside part of the door -- it apparently contains pesticides and other nasty stuff. He suggested that I buy an interior paint product for the inside part. Or better yet, I could buy an interior/exterior oil-based paint. He specifically suggested Impervo Alkyd High Gloss Metal & Wood Enamel C133. Link is:

For primer, he suggested the Fresh Start interior/exterior oil-based primer. However, the Impervo TDS info says that I should use IronClad Alkyd Low Lustre Metal & Wood Enamel C163 (interior/exterior) as primer.

My questions are: what is the most suitable primer and top-coat I should use? Is it true that I should avoid using an exterior paint for the inside part of an exterior door? Any other suggestion will be appreciated.
Old 06-12-07, 09:11 AM
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I'd also suggest the Fresh Start and Impervo M&W

Kudos to the staff at your local store

Although there's nothing wrong with using an exterior paint on the outside of a door (and int. on the int.), I've used far, far, more of the Impervo M&W
It does well, and can be used inside also

As these are new doors and not a re-paint situation (in which interior and exterior are completely separate jobs often done at different times), I'd absolutely go with the Impervo M&W

The Fresh Start is more than adequate as a enamel great actually

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