Product Review: Sherwin Williams SnapDry Interior/Exterior Acrylic Paint

Often I find, when you paint exterior front doors, it takes 2-4 hours for the paint to dry and several weeks to cure. When you shut the front door after your average paint dries, there is always the fear that the new paint you just applied may release where the door meets vinyl weather stripping.snapdrycan

Last summer, Sherwin Williams introduced a new fast-drying paint called SnapDry. I tried this paint on my own front door and it did dry in close to an 1 hour as advertised.  I also had no problem with paint releasing when it touched the doors’ weather stripping.

Another benefit of this paint is that it’s designed to be resistant to UV rays and weathering. I hope that claim holds true since I get a lot of sun on my front door.

The only issue that I found with SnapDry was that if you went back to areas you painted already that no longer had a wet edge, brush marks would become visible. So it’s extremely important to follow the Sherwin Williams instructions on which areas to paint first on your door especially if you have a paneled door like the one below and not a flat door.


SnapDry is available at Sherwin Williams in quarts and gallons. It comes in a variety of colors and is semi-gloss.


Painting Cabinets

Often a stain on older cabinets can start to look dirty and grungy. In an attempt to freshen older cabinetry, customers often ask me what it would take to paint over the existing surface. Here is a step by step explanation of the process O’Connor’s Painting Service uses to paint cabinetry.

  1. Remove old hardware. Note: if customer wants to replace the old hardware with new, be sure to choose hardware that matches the existing screw holes to avoid a lot of putty work to fill existing holes.

    Painting Cabinets for a Fresh Look
  2. Sand cabinets well with very sandpaper to remove old varnish or polyurethane.
  3. Wipe the surface with mineral spirits then follow by also wiping the cabinets down with a cleaning solution such as 50% water and 50% ammonia.
  4. Apply one coat primer of Zinsser Cover Stain Oil. We normally paint the exterior of the cabinetry then both sides any doors.
  5. Apply two top coats of latex or oil semi-gloss paint, whichever color a homeowner picks. We suggest picking a Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore product that has a oil base finish for a harder surface.

The real key to success in painting cabinets is in the preparation. Sand extremely well with sandpaper and clean all surfaces using a clean cloth saturated with mineral spirits in order to remove all surface dirt, greasy spots and contamination. If the surface is excessively dirty, you may have to go over the areas multiple times with the mineral spirits and the 50/50 ammonia water mixture.

Waterbased Alkyd Paints Replace Oil

In the good old days, people used oil or alkyds paint because they liked the smooth finish on wood trim inside their home. But over time, paint companies have fazed out oil paint to help protect the environment. Fortunately a few

Interior Waterbased Acrylic-Alkyd Semi-Gloss
Sherwin Williams ProClassic

paint companies are now carrying a waterborne alkyd enamel product. Here at O’Connor’s Painting Service, we have used this waterborne alkyd product on several jobs and can report back to our readers that we like the smooth finish and low odor these products provides.

One of those products is Sherwin Williams ProClassic Interior Waterbased Acrylic-Alkyd Semi-Gloss. It can be applied by brush, roller or sprayer on a clean, dry surface that has either been primed or dulled if previously painted with a gloss product. Drying time on the first coat takes 20-40 minutes and a second re-coat will take 3-4 hours to dry. This Sherwin Williams aklyd product can be used on block, drywall, masonry and plaster.

Benjamin Moore also has an alkyd product on the market called Advance Waterborne Interior Alkyd Satin or High Gloss.

Advance Waterborne Interior Alkyd Satin
Benjanin Moore Advance Satin

The biggest difference between the Benjamin Moore product and the Sherwin Williams product discussed above is the drying time. First coat will take 4-6 hours to dry with the second re-coat 16 hours to dry and be sure to wait the entire 16 hours drying time, this Benjamin Moore product can not be rushed.

O’Connor’s Painting Service can recommend both of these products for their excellent durability, leveling properties, ease of application and clean up.

Choosing Interior Paint Finishes

When it comes to interior and exterior painting, selecting the paint finish for your paint IA_int_AURA_Lvrm001_197x117project is an important task. There are a full range of sheens offered by various paint manufacturers, but O’Connor’s Painting Service, Inc. typically uses Sherwin Williams, Duron and Benjamin Moore paint products.

Some of the best advice we give is to tell homeowners to choose flat paints for the ceiling, walls, bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms and family rooms. Washable products (semi-gloss, eggshell, satin or matte flat) should be used in the kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms because they give you the most wash ability. Keep in mind selecting a flat paint, in most cases, is not a washable product. However, flat paint will have no sheen or glare and will not show wall imperfections. Flat paints also can be touched up. For example, damaged walls can be treated by flat paints and they will blend in well. If a paint manufacturer claims their flat paint is washable, do not expect much. If you want a paint that is washable for all rooms than you may want to select matte flat, eggshell, pearl or satin paint. However, any paint that is washable will show more imperfections and will not touch up.

In order to assist you with your interior painting sheen selections, O’Connor’s Painting has put together the following information:

Sherwin Williams Products

O’Connor’s Painting Service uses Sherwin Williams paint products, including Sherwin Williams SuperPaint products. This specific product offers three types of finishes for interior painting: Interior Latex Flat, Interior Latex Satin, and Interior Latex

  • Flat: Is used on primed plaster, wallboard, wood, masonry, and primed metal.
  • Satin: Has a slight gloss, however, this finish has the benefits of a flat finish, but with more clean ability. Satin finish can be used on drywall/plaster, paneling, wood, metal, concrete, masonry, and wall covering. This finish is ideal for “show case” rooms, dining rooms, foyers, family rooms, living rooms, children’s bedrooms, and major color changing projects.
  • Semi-Gloss: This finish displays a shine when looking at the surface. Semi-gloss can be used on wood, metal, drywall, plaster, stucco, concrete and masonry. This type of sheen is ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, cabinets, doors, windows, hallways, lobbies, children’s bedrooms, and major color changing projects.

    Duron Products

    O’Connor’s Painting Service uses Duron paint products, including Duron Ultra Deluxe Interior Paints. This specific product offers four types of finishes for interior painting: Ultra Deluxe Interior Eggshell, Ultra Deluxe Interior Flat, Ultra Deluxe Interior High-Gloss, and Ultra Deluxe Interior Semi-Gloss.

  • Eggshell: The ideal choice when an attractive yet durable, low-luster finish is desired.
  • Flat: This washable, flat finish is suitable for light to moderate traffic areas.
  • High-Gloss: The perfect choice where a scrubbable, high-gloss appearance is desired such as trim, kitchens, bathrooms, playrooms and other high traffic areas.
  • Semi-Gloss: The ideal choice when an attractive yet durable, low-luster finish is desired.

    Benjamin Moore Products

    O’Connor’s Painting Service uses Benjamin Moore paint products, including Benjamin Moore Premium Interior Paints. The following finishes are offered by this specific paint product: Flat, Matte, Eggshell, Pearl, Semi-Gloss, and High-Gloss.

  • Benjamin Moore Regal Flat Paint: It has some slight washability, but is best suited for ceilings or wall surfaces in areas that are rarely used. This finish touches up Regal Flatwell.
  • Benjamin Moore Regal Matte Paint: It is essentially flat but incorporates new ceramic technology to give the paint scrubability and stain-resistance. This finish is well-suited for bedrooms, hallways, bathrooms, kitchens, playrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms. Matte finish touches up well and holds up well to wear and repeated washings.
  • Benjamin Moore Regal Eggshell Paint: It has slightly more shine than the Matte paint. Eggshell allows no shine when looking directly at the surface, but shows a dull angular sheen when looking along the length of the wall. Eggshell is just as durable as Matte and is perfectly suitable for painting walls, trim, and doors.
  • Benjamin Moore Regal Pearl Paint: It is slightly less shiny than the typical semi-gloss paint. It shows a shine when looking directly at the surface. Typically Pearl finish would be used on trim and doors, but can also be used on walls if they are in good condition. Pearl finish is more durable than the Matte or Eggshell.
  • Benjamin Moore Regal Semi-Gloss Paint: It is as shiny as the typical semi-gloss paint. It shows a shine when looking directly at the surface. Semi-gloss finish is the most popular paint in the Regal line to use on trim and doors, but can also be used on walls if they are in good condition. Semi-gloss is more durable than the Matte, Eggshell, or Pearl.
  • Benjamin Moore Impervex High-Gloss Paint: This finish is very shiny. It is typically used for railings or doors and can be used either indoors or outdoors. High-Gloss is the most durable paint.