A Pro Painter’s Favorite Products: Major League Painting

Sherwin-Williams offers a wide range of products to suit all types of paint work, says Javier Torres, owner and manager of Major League Painting in Palo Alto, California.

He especially likes their Emerald® line of washable, durable premium coatings, which ensure a beautiful, smooth finish and stunning results in fewer coats.

Doors, trim and cabinets

Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel is the coating Torres prefers for doors, cabinets and trim. This interior/exterior coating delivers the smooth, uniform finish of an oil-based enamel with the convenience of a water- based formula.

For interior applications, it delivers excellent hardness, adhesion and a silky-smooth uniform finish. For exterior applications, this exceptional all-around performer delivers durability, gloss and color retention, while resisting yellowing. And like all Emerald products, it meets the most stringent VOC regulations with <50 g/L.

Interior walls

His favorites for interior walls are Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint and Duration Home® Interior Acrylic Latex.

Emerald Interior is a paint and primer in one with exceptional hide, coverage, durability and washability. Its advanced stain-blocking technology prevents stains from penetrating and offers exceptional scrub, stain, block, water spotting and burnish resistance.

Emerald is available in four sheens, including a technologically advanced flat finish that offers the same washability, durability and burnish resistance as the matte or glossier sheens.

Duration Home features advanced stain-blocking technology to seal in stains already on walls. Most stains wipe clean with water or mild soap, so it’s a perfect paint for bathrooms.

Both of these Emerald and Duration Home products contain anti-microbial agents which inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the surface of the paint film.


Depending on the project, Torres says Emerald and Duration® paints are the best options for his exterior jobs.

Emerald Exterior Acrylic Latex is a premium paint and primer in one that helps pros achieve stunning exterior results that stand the test of time in fewer coats. It offers exceptional hide and durability, a mildew- resistant coating and extreme resistance to blistering, peeling and color fade.

Duration Exterior Acrylic Latex is formulated with PermaLast® technology and infused with advanced acrylic co-polymers for long-lasting performance. It has a thicker coat than ordinary latex paint and provides excellent protection from cracking, peeling and blistering.

Plus, it’s available in Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe® paint colors, which allows customers to choose from 100 color options, including a limited selection of darker colors formulated to resist warping or buckling when applied to sound, stable vinyl siding.