USA: Paint Manufacturers





There are two main types of house paint: Primers (sometimes known as Sealers) and Finish. Both types of paint may be used for interiors or exteriors. Primers seal the surface, and provide a key for the finish paint. They need to be used on bare wood and metal, and on previously painted surfaces that have been repaired or are suffering from flaking or peeling. Primers can also block out stains, such as water stains, crayon, smoke, soot, or ink.



There are two main types of Finish: Latex and Alkyd (sometimes known as oil-based). Alkyd is durable, and can provide a high gloss. Latex has the advantages that it cleans up with soap and water, dries quickly, and has less odor than Alkyd. The more expensive Latex use 100% acrylic resins, and less water, compared to cheaper Latex. There are four sheens, giving increasing levels of light reflection: Flat, Satin Finish, Semi Gloss, and Gloss.




The following leading manufacturers have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects, including online catalogs, colors and materials. Please see also our product guide for painting Chalkboards.


Benjamin Moore. Benjamin Moore & Co, based in Montvale, New Jersey, has been manufacturing paint since 1883. In 2000 it became part of the Berkshire Hathaway Group, led by Warren Buffet. The Benjamin Moore range covers: Primers, Faux & Decorative Finishes, Wood Stain & Clear Finishes, Wood Floor Finishes, Concrete Floor Finishes, Metal Coatings, Environmentally Friendly Products, and Specialty Products. The website is divided into three sections for the Home, for Architects & Designers, and for Contractors. Color sample pots may be ordered online.


Sherwin-Williams. Founded in 1866 and headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Sherwin-Williams is one of the leading manufacturers of paint to professional, industrial, commercial and retail customers. The Homeowner section of the Sherwin-Williams website contains a section on Color Themes; these include: Classical/Colonial, Arts & Crafts, Victorian, The Jazz Age, Streamlined Years, and Suburban Modern. For each theme several color palettes are suggested, covering Wall, Trim, and Accent colors. There is also a Color Visualizer, allowing chosen colors to be applied to images of rooms.


Behr. Behr, of Santa Ana, California, is a leading manufacturer of architectural paints. It was founded in 1946 by Otto Behr, selling linseed oil to stores from the back of his woody station wagon. The Behr interior range covers: Primers, Faux & Decorative Finishes, Concrete & Masonry Waterproofers, Wood Floor Coatings, Concrete Floor Coatings, and Cleaners & Conditioners. Its exterior range includes: Primers, Wood Stains, Clear Finishes, and Wood Waterproofers. Over 3,700 Behr colors are available in 8oz sample sizes, which may be ordered online.


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