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Is $40 for a gallon of paint normal?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by devildog2067, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. devildog2067

    devildog2067

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    I haven't bought paint in a long time, but I seem to remember it being 20-something... my wife wants to paint the kids' room so I went to the local hardware store to buy paint. A gallon of semi-gloss ran $39.99 and a gallon of matte was $32.99.

    Have paint prices gone up a lot in the last couple of years, am I misremembering, or did my local hardware store just rip me off?
     
  2. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

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    The last paint I bought, was Sherwinn Williams exterior latex.
    About $30.00/gal.

    That was October, 2012.
     

  3. cranejc

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    Paint prices vary greatly by brand - Behr & Valspar are higher end, and usually run in that range. Colorplace at WM is usually around $15/gal for any finish.

    You do get what you pay for with paint...
     
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    Really? At the Lowes near me, Valspar seems to be the cheap stuff.
     
  5. devildog2067

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    Well, I just noticed that they double-charged me for rollers as well. Not enough to bother going back and getting it fixed ($2.78) but enough that I won't go back there again.

    That's what I get for trying to support local small businesses.
     
  6. GreenDrake

    GreenDrake Rip Lips

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    Could be about right these days. Last gallon I bought was Behr eggshell finish for about $34 a gallon. Key thing is to get your primer tinted the same as the room color, covers easier.
     
  7. Monte4283

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    Exactly, I've bought some cheap paint before and it was just that...Cheap.

    Great tip, I'll have to try that next time.
     
  8. inthefrey

    inthefrey Moved on...

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    Yep! That is about the average price. Home Depot paint (BERH) was about that price for the "good" stuff"
     
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    Good latex paint sells for $30-$40 per gallon, oil-based is heading toward $50. Welcome to the devaluation of the American dollar. The more they print, the less it's worth.
     
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    Spiffums I.C.P.

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    And it's Bush's Fault!!!! :rofl:


    I just wanted to add to Hummer's good post that if you get the cheap Wal-mart paint that's 1/3 the price....you use 3 times as much to get the good coverage that the good paint gets.
     
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    GreenDrake Rip Lips

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    We need to ban hi capacity rollers, this is just too much.
     
  12. Radam3

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    DO NOT get the paint and primer in one! I had horrible luck with it. I went from a cream color to a bright maroon (if there is such a thing, best way I can describe it...) the paint person at Home Depot assured me it was the way to go. And that it would cover completely with two coats max. We'll six coats later I gave up on trying to cover the "pink"? Where the cream was still bleeding through. The seventh coat went on with a rag roller to make the pink blend in and called it good. A room that should have been covered with less than a gallon of each primer and paint, turned into almost 3 gallons of the paint and primer in one.

    "No more judgement day
    Only tranquility
    Peace signs, protest lines
    Mean nothing to me"
     
  13. Cybercowboy

    Cybercowboy Support the 2nd

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    I like to get the premium brand paints from actual paint stores, not the big box stores. Pittsburgh Paint, Sherwin Williams, etc. Eggshell is the best all-around interior wall paint finish. It's a very good idea to tint your primer and also it is common now to paint your ceiling a different shade of the wall color instead of just flat ceiling white. Eggshell is washable, very durable, and yet not shiny and reflective like semi-gloss can be.

    Years ago a friend of mine asked me to help him paint the house he just rented. The landlord bought him several big 5-gallon buckets of paint. It was the cheap stuff. Totally useless. Took perhaps five coats to totally change the wall color from green to beige. Even then it was streaked and chalky.
     
  14. CBennett

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    For anything decent $35+(colored) so yeah $40 isnt far off
     
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    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    Normal.
    And yeah, prime separately. It's like a Leatheman tool. Nice to have a screwdriver and a knife in your pliers at camp or in your car. But at home? You will grab 3 different tools. Same with most things. Combining X and Y doesn't make it as good as a Reese's.
     
  16. g29andy

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    Try pricing automotive paint :eek:
     
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    I joined the Sherwin Williams email list and they have 30% off sales about every other month
     
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    byf43 NRA Life Member

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    I don't recall ever using Valspar, but, in this area, Behr is some TRASHY paint. Never again.

    Sherwin Williams, Martin Senour paint.
    (IF memory serves me, Duron and Sherwin Williams are owned by the same company, now.)

    One paint to RUN away from. . . . . Sears "Easy Living".
     
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    Paint always seems to cost more than I expect. Even so, that seems a little high to me.

    I think you defeat the purpose of not shopping at a store for reasons like double-charging if you don't inform the manager of why he's losing your business. Is it worth it for three bucks? Maybe not, but OTOH, you're sure to get your money back, and you just might develop a good long-term relationship with a vendor, and that's not a bad thing to have. It's a good thing when you can give a guy a chance to do the right thing and show you he's a decent guy, and you got nuttin to lose but a phone call. ;)