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Ralph Lauren Reds

Posted by Irene K on May 25th, 1999 09:24 PM
In reply to RalphLauren Paint by Erin Wilson on March 16th, 1999 09:09 PM [Go to top of thread]

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> Ralph Lauren Paint Help by Handyman on 10/28/2004

I'm a professional decorative painter and am even a "Ralph Lauren Professional
Applicator." The RL paints are one of the best on the market, the company
says they have a 12-15 year life. Ergo, it is worth a bit of effort. On my
site,, I have a cost comparison showing why the more expensive
paints are a better buy, should you be interested.

Frankly, no brand of red paint will look good with just 2 coats. For any, the tinted primer
is a MUST; it will save you at least 2 coats of the paint itself. Because of the amount
of colorant needed for such dark colors, the paints become somewhat "translucent," which
is why coverage gets tough. As long as you used a tinted primer, the "sheerness" shows
through to the same color, so you get a better look.

When I do jobs using any red paint (although I mostly use Ralph), I price for a tinted primer and
two-and-a-half coats of paint. Normally, I'm successful in 2, sometimes I do need
that third coat. Yeah, I admit I'm more experienced than most homeowners, but IF one has used the
tinted primer, doesn't skimp on application - no overspreading! - and is willing to go for three
coats, you'll have a beautiful finish that will last over a decade. Yes, it IS worth the effort!

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