Should you buy Sherwin Williams Proclassic? 2022 Review

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Sherwin Williams Proclassic

Sherwin Williams Proclassic is one of the company’s highest-end products. It is an interior paint designed for trim, cabinets, and doors.

Proclassic has been around for decades and has been used in millions of homes. It is marketed for trim and doors, but can be used in many different cases. 

I have painted this product on trim, doors, cabinets, night stands, and kitchen table sets to name a few. 

I was unable to find much information online about the product, and decided to share my experiences with it here. We will be talking about all three Proclassic lines: the waterbased, oil (alkyd) based, and the acrylic-alkyd. 

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 Proclassic

Here, we will learn about:

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

Let’s jump in.

First, the differences between the three versions of Proclassic.

The most common is Proclassic Waterborne Acrylic Enamel. It is water based and should only be applied over primer or another water based paint. 

The Proclassic Waterbased Acrylic Alkyd Enamel is a water/solvent based hybrid. Proclassic Hybrid for short. It can be painted over properly prepared oil based or water based paint. It has some of the pros of an oil based and water based paint.

The Proclassic Alkyd Enamel is an oil based paint. More durable than water based, but harder to work with and more VOCs. 

Sherwin Williams Proclassic Coverage

Proclassic Sheen

Sherwin Williams Proclassic is not a paint and primer, nor is it marketed for its ability to cover well. However, this doesn’t mean that the paint has bad coverage.

While Proclassic is not known for its coverage, I have never had to paint more than three coats. I can usually get away with two though. 

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

When Proclassic has issues covering, it is typically because the color is very bright. Bright colors require a High Reflective base. This base has less “solids” in the paint and, therefore, doesn’t cover very well. 

One gallon will do about 400 square feet, which goes a long way on trim, doors, or cabinets. 

Sherwin Williams Proclassic Application

So, is Proclassic pretty user friendly? Proclassic is pretty easy to use, but there are a few issues we can take a look at.

Proclassic is thinner than most wall paints, so it is important to thin, even coats. If you apply coats that are too heavy, there will be runs and drips.

sherwin williams proclassic application

One of Proclassic’s sellings points is a smooth, uniform finish. It does this by self-leveling. While the paint is drying, it will level out minor brush and roller strokes.

Because of this, Proclassic takes a little longer to dry than most wall paints. 

Spraying Proclassic will give you the best finish, but if you keep in mind the points above, brushes and rolling will give great results. 

If you are taking breaks throughout the painting process, make sure to cover your paint tray and wrap your brush or roller so the paint doesn’t dry and become unusable. 

Sherwin Williams Proclassic Washability and Durability

Proclassic’s best selling point is its washability and durability. It is designed for places that take a lot of abuse, like trim and cabinets.   

Proclassic is an enamel paint, meaning that it dries very hard and smooth. It is easy to wipe down and clean off. 

proclassic durable

This product will outperform any wall paint when it comes to durability. It is important to use and enamel when painting objects that get beat up often like trim, doors, and cabinets. Proclassic outperforms most paints in those situations. 

Sherwin Williams Proclassic Sheen Levels

Proclassic has all the sheens that are typical for trim, doors, and cabinets. There are satin, semi-gloss, gloss, and high-gloss.   

Typically, higher sheen levels equals more durable paint. However, that doesn’t apply to Proclassic. The product is so durable that choosing a sheen comes down to appearance. 

The most common sheen for trim and doors is semi-gloss. Most walls are satin or flat, so the semi-gloss will pop. Cabinets and furniture are split between satin and semi-gloss. Choose whichever you like more.  

Keep in mind that the higher the sheen, the more imperfections will be visible. If your trim or doors are beat up, think about using satin instead of semi-gloss. If they are smooth and in good condition, semi-gloss might be better for you. 

Sherwin Williams Proclassic Price

At this time, Proclassic costs $89.99 for a one gallon bucket. This has increased every year for the last couple of years because of material shortages and difficulties with COVID. 

Proclassic is used on trim and doors, meaning that a gallon goes a lot further than wall paint. For every gallon of wall paint, you might use a quart of Proclassic.

However, $90 for a gallon of paint is very expensive. Keep in mind that Sherwin Williams does frequent 30%-40% sales. I would purchase during one of those sales. 

Remember, you can buy untinted paint during sales and bring them back to be tinted when you are ready to start your project.  

Most enamel trim paints are going to be in this price range, so the cheaper option is using a wall paint on trim and doors. I wouldn’t recommend this, but if the area gets infrequent traffic, it’s not a bad option.

In Conclusion…

Sherwin Williams Proclassic is top quality interior trim, door, and cabinet paint. 

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

Personally, Proclassic is the product I target for my trim and doors. If you want a paint that will hold up for years in high traffic areas, this is the product to buy. 

If you aren’t worried about durability and a smooth finish, Superpaint can go on doors and trim as well. It will cover well, but get pretty marked up if the area is high traffic. 

If you are looking for the highest quality trim paint, ask for Sherwin Williams Emerald Trim Enamel. Benjamin Moore Advance is another great option.

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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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