Help with paint basics - brands, finishes, prices
Soon we will be painting our entire house inside and out, mostly brand new sheetrock, about 3 rooms with original 1920's plaster, and exterior 1920's & 2010 stucco. I have just finished reading several threads here, but was wondering if someone could give me tips on how to get a (relatively) quick education on comparison of brands, finishes, and relative costs before I begin investigating colors. We are on a fairly tight budget, but I think paint is important, so I am willing to spend somewhat more if the difference is really perceptible.
I have read a lot of good things about C2, F&B, Home Depot Fresh Aire, and BM. On a gallon-to-gallon basis, how do they compare in price (did a google search for C2 price but came up empty.) What should I consider in terms of finishes for interior - want something that I can wipe down in the high use rooms - kitchen and baths.
What about exterior stucco? Our house will have two eras of stucco - 1920s and 2010. I read that you are never really supposed to paint stucco, but I guess you would normally put the pigment in the stucco mix. However, once painted, you then are forced to paint. Does anyone have certain paints that they like for stucco?