So due to my short amount of time and need to pick up a few groceries items at the same time I decided to pick up some paint from Walmart (against my own better judgment no less) because I wouldn't have enough time to go pick up my usual paint from Lowes. Looking in the aisles of the paint department I found Glidden "High Endurance Plus - Paint and Primer." It was not the cheapest gallon of paint that the store carried, when shaken it didn't slosh around like it was just a gallon of water and the price point was very comparable to the paint that I would have otherwise purchased had I had some extra time so I decided to go for it.
I was painting over a wall which had a color that was a couple shades darker (I’ve attached a photo in which the unpainted border against the ceiling can be seen) than the color I picked up from Walmart so I figured that with the paint and primer in one, a good coating with a well loaded roller and two coats of paint I would be just fine.
The first thing I noticed was that getting the paint onto the roller itself seemed strange. As you are rolling the paint roller back and forth on the paint tray, the paint seems very thick, a bit strange I thought, and it required a bit more time to ensure the paint was even on the roller, but I thought it was going to be amazing once I got it on the wall… maybe I wouldn’t even need a second coat :) So before placing the roller on the wall I decided to grab a ballpoint pen and make a marking on the wall to see just how great this seemingly very thick on the roller, paint was going to cover since one of the main claims on the gallon of paint from Glidden is that they provide “Maximum” coverage.
I also attached a picture after that first coat had about an hour to dry of the marking that I made on the wall.
I did two coats of paint on the entire wall and the bottom color still shows through… I gave up on the entire wall. The “test” area now became a problem because it was obviously VERY visible. I have applied 6 or 7 coats just on the mark, and I can STILL see the word TEST bleeding through when the room’s lights are all on. I tried taking a picture of it but it doesn’t show well in the picture for me to provide it… but in person it’s still visible. Instructions state to give it about 4 hours between coats, and I gave it 3 between the first and second coat, 2 more hours before the third coat and after that I just kept throwing more coats on it when the paint seemed pretty dry to the touch hoping that the word would finally disappear... to no avail as of yet.
Needless to say… If you are painting a dirty wall, over a dark color, trying to paint with a dark color, a wall that your kids attacked with crayons and markers, or anything besides a bare drywall that’s been primed, DO NOT expect this paint to leave you satisfied with your purchase or efforts to DIY (Do It Yourself).
I happened to also be painting a different wall (using lighter colors with not that much difference between the original color and the new one I was changing it for) for which I took out a gallon of my usual paint that I knew had just enough paint left over in it to cover the entire wall. The paint was Valspar Ultra, (I’ve been a Valspar paints user for a long time and am always happy with the results). I decided to give it a test with the ballpoint pen as well. The paint goes onto the roller much smoother… and after just a single coat, not even a thickly applied coat… just a regular coat… there was absolutely NO sign of where I had written with the ballpoint pen, and that wall was finished without the need for a second coat. Valspar paint is usually around $5 more than the Glidden paint. (These are the prices in my area, and comparing it with Lowes prices which is where I usually purchase paint, meaning that it may be a little different in your area, and also depending on what store you would be purchasing paint from). The good news however is that fairly often, Valspar will have $5 off the gallons of paint (little inconvenient since it’s a mail-in rebate) which is why I originally stated that the price points were comparable.
In conclusion, spend the little extra money to save yourself some time and frustration, or expect to apply three, four, or maybe even more coats with this paint to get real coverage (which may end up being more expensive since you will waste more paint). Glidden’s claims are completely absurd. I do not work for Lowes, or for Valspar, but since I was so frustrated by this paint I wanted to give full information and a comparison with a different paint that I normally use and am satisfied with.
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