Sherwin Williams vs Benjamin Moore vs Pittsburgh Paints

For painting contractors just like customers and workers, the suppliers are also very important to get the job done. These are three major paint suppliers here in Connecticut.

Sherwin Williams

Products: many different paints, stains primers, tools, equipment, that suit the need of residential commercial and industrial painting contractors.

Service: Great service for contractors, long hours, open Saturdays and Sundays, one rep sets your prices and you get that same price in all stores throughout the state, the best support on the job site.

Price: Depending on the product their prices are comparable to Benjamin Moore’s, sometimes more competitive.

Bottom Line: Sherwin Williams is one of the best if not the best supplier not only for painting contractors but also for homeowners – at least in the northeast. With great products that last, outstanding support, and competitive prices they are your best friend in succeeding with your business.

Benjamin Moore

Products: They carry many different paints, not such a wide variety of primers, more options in stains, not so many tools and equipment. They also carry California Paints. Their commercial line is not the best I’ve seen.

Service: The service here varies from store to store. Most of them are not open long hours or weekends. Support for contractors is good. You get different prices from store to store and you can’t have one charge account for every store you go, like you can have with Sherwin Williams.

Price: Depending on which store you go, you can expect a huge change in price.

Bottom Line: Great products that are easy to apply, and they are also important for keeping your business running smooth.

Pittsburgh Paints

Honestly I can’t talk much about them since I haven’t used them that much but here is what I’ve experienced so far.

Products: They don’t have as wide of a variety of paints and primers as their rivals Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams, but the ones they have are very good products. I think they specialize more in industrial and commercial coatings. Some tools and equipment.

Service: So far it’s been pretty good although I’m not a huge fan of their color matching system and low stock they carry in stores.

Price: They don’t have many different products but the ones they have are pretty competitive in price and quality.

Bottom Line: Like I said I haven’t used them that much but they’re definitely up there.

I would love to hear different opinions on this as this has been only my experience.

Where are paint prices headed?

Just as exterior painting season approaches the paint prices have started to crawl up. But where is this all coming from? Below are quotes from The Wall Street Journal explaining. You can read their full story here

Voracious demand from China, India and other emerging markets is boosting prices for titanium dioxide, a key ingredient in paint, just as it has for oil, copper, iron ore and fertilizer. As raw-material prices rise, manufacturers are trying to pass the added cost through to consumers, stoking inflation fears.

Painting contractors all over US have also suffered business by increased material costs.

Sherwin-Williams raised prices in its paint stores three times last year, by a total of more than 16%. House painter Aaron Obringer, who owns Precision Brush Painting in Pittsburgh, said he now pays around $25 for a gallon of basic flat interior paint, up from $20 a year or two ago. “It’s like out of control,” he said, adding that paint-store employees blamed “something going on in China.”

It is true I have seen Sherwin Williams, Benjamin More and other professional paint stores increase prices at least twice last year and once this year so far.
And the inevitable question is what can be done?

Benjamin Moore Gennex Coloring System

New Color System

The new Benjamin Moore Gennex coloring system does not only contain cool colors but makes paint cover easier and last longer because of the way it blends with the paint. It is zero VOC and can be used with Benjamin Moore’s latest products, by the way there are many new products they have come out with lately and there are still more to come.


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