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Paint: Quality dependson the type and amount of pigment. High percentages of titanium dioxide pigment, rather than cheaper calcium carbonate, provide better coverage with fewer coats.
Primer: A 100 percent acrylic formula helps paint grip surfaces, hides stains, and allows you to go from a dark color to a light one with fewer coats.
Rollers: Blended-fiber covers combine the extra pickup of wool with the durability of polyester.
Brushes: Tapered bristles with split ends that are solid—not hollow—pick up and spread paint best.

Shown: Duration Home; about $45 per gallon;
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