Aura Questions

marcia59November 7, 2012

I'm going to paint my son's room navy blue with white trim and ceiling. Thanks to the advice here, I'm going to go with BM Aura eggshell for the walls, unless my painter really, really balks.

The walls currently have a wallpaper border running around the room at about chair rail height. Below that, they are a very dark teal and above the wallpaper they are a pale green. The painter will remove the wallpaper and prep appropriately.

The guy in the BM paint store swears up and down that with Aura my painter doesn't need to prime, not even over the dark teal and that it will take two coats tops to cover completely with the navy.

I hate to pay for the time and materials for unnecessary priming, but I hate even more to pay for painting navy blue Aura on my walls and then finding out it's not working properly and he needs to go back and prime or do more than 2 coats or whatever.

What do you think?

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Oh, wait, one more question.

I read a whole bunch of posts on here about Aura and I see some people talking about whether the BM color they chose is from the Affinity or Preview or whatever line with the occasional implication that Affinity goes with Aura. In the past, using BM Regal, I've always just picked whatever color I wanted, sometimes a BM color (paying no attention to the color collection), sometimes a color from another company I had matched, sometimes getting a color matched to a piece of fabric or something and asked for the color I wanted in the paint I wanted. It's always worked out fine.

Is there some reason I can't just continue on this way? Some of the colors I've been looking at are from Behr and California Paints. Do I need to stick to a particular BM color collection when buying Aura?

    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 11:41AM
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Lori A. Sawaya

Aura in eggshell is actually rather shiny - be sure you check that gloss level and are sure that's what you want.

Here's an old post you might find helpful.

Here is a link that might be useful: Aura coverage

    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 11:44AM
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Skipping the primer is fine, unless he cannot get all the wallpaper paste off. Then he should use Gardz over that.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 1:41AM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

The painter is going to remove the border and prep appropriatly, which would include priming where the border was. Why not just prime the whole wall while they are at it , to get it all the same?
That is what I would do.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 4:54AM
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