Painting Remodeled House--Benjamin Moore Help

Old 11-15-13, 07:22 AM
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Painting Remodeled House--Benjamin Moore Help

My husband and I are remodeling a house that will become our primary residence. We completely redid everything. Right now, new drywall is up and the flooring has not yet been put in. We are ready to paint. However, we are not sure exactly how to go about it.

We will be painting the walls of our living room, dining room, kitchen, and kitchen nook a gold color. It is an open floor plan so they will all be the same color. The ceiling will be white. We want to use Benjamin Moore paint. I have heard great things about the Aura paint, but I heard it is tricky for beginners to use. My husband has an airless sprayer and wants to use it to make the job faster. I am not sure if the Aura will work in an airless sprayer. I am also concerned that the finish won't be even. We have a smooth texture on our walls. My husband is convinced roller marks will show and thinks it will take too long to apply. We could go with the Regal Select and spray it. I had wanted a matte sheen but if we go down to Regal Select we might have to switch to eggshell since we have kids who will likely get the walls dirty at some point.

So, what would you do?

1. Aura or Regal Select?
2. Airless spray or roll?
3. Matte or eggshell?

I just want a smooth, rich appearance when we are done.
Old 11-15-13, 07:43 AM
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Aura can be a little tricky to use if you don't have a lot of experience painting. It has a very fast dry time, so if you can't keep up with it you can leave lap lines. As well, if you're rolling and you notice you missed a little spot a few seconds ago you can't go back and fix it or you'll leave a 'mottled' finish in that spot. You have to wait for it to dry before touching it up.

It's also really expensive.

That being said, if you're a beginner to the painting world using a spray gun can also be tricky. I'd consider rolling with Regal, or even Ben for that matter.

If you have kids/dogs/etc., don't use a flat finish. You'll never be able to wipe it or clean anything off of it without affecting the finish. At minimum, I'd go with eggshell.

Regal is a great paint and very forgiving. I pretty much exclusively use BM paints unless someone insists otherwise.
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I've never used Aura but from what I've read it can be tricky to apply and doesn't behave like most paints. What size/type of airless does he have? Most paints will state on the label what size tip is recommended for spraying - the airless will need to be big enough to support that size tip. Using a smaller tip often means thinning the paint and generally it's not a great idea to thin finish paint.

Usually it's best to back roll any paint that is sprayed on to the walls. That helps to work the paint into the substrate and usually makes touch up work better.... and with new/remodel work there is usually a fair amount of touch up that will need to be made before you're done. I've rolled a lot of paint on slick finish walls and if you use a decent roller cover and have a little skill - roller marks shouldn't be an issue.

My SOP on new work is to spray the primer [before cabinets, electrical, etc] and then brush and roll the finish coat.

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