What is Sherwin Williams Emerald? 2022 Review

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What is Sherwin Williams Emerald paint?

Sherwin Williams Emerald is their highest quality interior paint. It is water-based and used mainly for the interior of homes. It is one of Sherwin Williams most popular products and has been around for years. 

I have used this product many times myself. I was unable to find much information online about the product, and decided to share my experiences with it here. 

If you have found a can stored in your basement and want to know a little more about the product, this article is for you. 

Sherwin Williams Emerald

Here, we will learn about:

  • Coverage
  • Application
  • Washability + Durability 
  • Sheen levels 
  • Price

Let’s jump in.

Washability + Durability9/10
Sheen Levels8/10

Sherwin Williams Emerald Coverage

Sherwin Williams Interior Emerald covers very well. I have not heard of many instances where more than two coats were necessary. Personally, two coats have always worked for me, and I have occasionally gotten away with one coat. 

Emerald is marketed as a ‘paint and primer in one’. This doesn’t mean this product should be painted right onto new drywall (I would still use a specific drywall primer for that), but it should help finish the job with fewer coats of paint. 

If you are painting a color similar to what is on the wall already, you shouldn’t need more than two coats. You might even be able to get away with one coat.

The only situations where two coats might not cut it, is a drastic color change or very vibrant colors such as bright yellows, reds, and greens. 

Sherwin Williams Interior Emerald does cost more than other products available, but it should also save you a lot of time. 

Sherwin Williams Emerald Application

So, is Emerald pretty user friendly? Yes, it is very easy to use.

It goes on smoothly with a brush, roller, or sprayer. Even if you don’t have much experience painting, there shouldn’t be much of an issue with this product. 

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Emerald will be dry to the touch in two to four hours at room temperature. It is recommended that you wait at least eight hours to paint a second coat.

Washability and Durability

Emerald is a very washable paint. You will be able to wipe down the walls without seeing any kind of blemishes or marks from the wash cloth.  

As is typical with most paints, a higher sheen will be more washable. Satin, the most common sheen for walls, is going to be pretty easy to keep clean. 

Washability of Emerald paint

One of Sherwin Williams Emerald best selling points is its durability. This product will stand up to most abuse because of a specific technology used to make the paint. 

Emerald is made with a “micro-bead” technology that gives it added durability. The microscopic beads in the paint add a layer on the wall’s surface that is hard to abrade. 

Unlike most products, even Emerald Flat has good washability and durability.

The durability and washability of Emerald is going to be good enough for nearly every circumstance. If you anticipate having to frequently clean your walls, then this product might be your best bet.  

Sherwin Williams Emerald Sheen Levels

Sheen of Emerald paint

Interior Emerald has all the typical sheens you would expect. It starts with flat, then matte, satin, and semi gloss.  

Interior Emerald covers a pretty good range of sheens. Flat and satin are the most common for walls and semi gloss is used frequently on trim and doors (although I would use an enamel, like Proclassic for trim and doors). 

Sherwin Williams Emerald Price

At this time, Interior Emerald starts at $81.49 for a one gallon bucket. This has increased about 5% every year for the last couple of years because of material shortages and difficulties with COVID. 

$81.49 is pretty high to pay for a gallon of paint, especially if you need five or six gallons to finish the job. Sherwin Williams runs frequent sales that range from 35%-40% and I would wait until one of those is running. It could end up saving you a lot of money. 

In Conclusion…

Sherwin Williams Emerald is the company’s best product and will meet the needs of most homeowners. 

Its coverage is very good and its durability and washability are better than most products out there. 

Personally, I would be happy using Interior Emerald in my own house. If you have young kids or a couple rowdy pets, it will be a great product. 

If you are not too worried about washability, then Superpaint is another good option that covers well and is a little less expensive. 

If you want to take a small step down in quality and save a couple of dollars per gallon, Interior Duration is a great option. It is also very durable and covers well, but isn’t quite as easy to use as Emerald. 


Do you need to prime before using Sherwin Williams Emerald?

If the surface has been primed or previously painted, there is no need for a primer. If it is a bare surface, then you should prime it first.

Does Sherwin Williams Emerald paint need two coats?

I would recommend two coats, but Emerald covers very well. I have only needed one coat several times before.

How much does Sherwin Williams Emerald cost per gallon?

Depending on the sheen, Emerald costs $78 to $85 a gallon.

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I have spent the last ten years working in various positions within the painting industry. I worked as a painter doing residential and commercial work for a couple of years, and then transitioned to working for the largest paint retailer in the world upon graduation from college.

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