For the past four years, I have used Ralph Lauren paint (which is made by Glidden) for various projects. This paint had been available at Home Depot but now appears to have been replaced by a Martha Stewart line. Web searches confirmed that Home Depot had swapped the polo shirt designer's paint for that of everyone's favorite jailbird/home decorator.
Trouble is, I have done extensive painting with two of Ralph's colors--a denim blue and a shade of red. I have some of both left over to use as touch-up, but I have a few other things I wish to paint with these colors. Does anyone know if either:
1. Ralph Lauren paint is now available elsewhere?
2. Glidden makes the same shades as part of their line?
I haven't yet looked at Westmoreland Supply (a local paint shop) but did stop at Lowe's to see if they had picked up the brand (they hadn't). Any insight would be appreciated. (Also, I still have the swatches somewhere and could get the exact numbers if there's a way to order them online--which I have yet to find, even through the Ralph Lauren site, which has some home products but mostly seems to focus on clothes).
I typed in my zip code and aside from a bunch of Home Depots that supposedly only carry specialty finishes, the nearest location claims to be in Greece, 9.86 miles from my zip code. Unfortunately, I live in Pennsylvania. This must have been an error in the Ralph Lauren site, or perhaps it comes up because my US zip code is only one number off from the code listed for the area of Greece they claim the store is in.
I did find a Glidden paint store a few miles from my house. I may try them if Home Depot doesn't work, although I have been told they still have the paints in their computers. I'd be happy with a matching Behr color if they would have that; I've had good luck with Behr on the few occasions I've used it and will probably be using Behr in an upcoming bathroom renovation. However, I would never buy a Martha Stewart paint--I can't bring myself to support Ms. Stewart's products after she lied about her stock sale.
The Ralph Lauren and Martha Stewart paints are just glidden paint with a smaller subset color pallet. The gliden has the same colors (maybe different name) but they can make/match any color you give them, it isn't an issue.
I am the owner of Prattville Paint And Decorating Center in Prattville, Alabama. We have been selling Ralph Lauren paint for approximately nine years. We ship RL Paints everyday all over the U.S. Look us up and give us a call, we would be very happy to help you with your paint needs.
All paint sold in the the US is supposed to have a MSDS sheet available which lists many (but not all) of the major ingredients in the can.
The best pigment is titanium oxide (dioxide), but this ingredient is relatively expensive. Lower quality paints will add fillers like Kaoline ( a type of clay ) or even silica ( a form of sand). Kaoline is a good 'hider" which makes the paint cover well, but it can give the paint a grey cast that makes bright colors impossible. Silica provideds hide and makes the coating tough, but again gives the paint a grey cast.
The best paint resin for general use is Acrylic, but just because the can says 100% acrylic resin doesn't mean that the manufacturer hasn't added "extenders" like styrene or vinyl. Besides being cheaper, these additives can can shorten the life of the paint and cause unpredictable reactions with other products like primers or later coats of paint.
There are no secrets in paint. All the manufacturers know what every other maker puts in the can. All the major manufacturers make great paint, not-so great paint, and everything in between. The major difference is how much is spent on advertising. If it's on the tube, it's not in the can.
Ralph Lauren paint does not have clay in it. That is how they get those beautiful "true" colors. Cheap paint starts out with a grey cast and just gets muddier from there. Thinking you can get Ralph's colors from Behr is a joke. You would have to be blind not to notice the difference.
Thank you berourke for all the great info! I painted every room in my last house with Ralph Lauren and you are right their colors are the richest! Now I am painting my new house and can't seem to find any other brand that has those beautiful colors.