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To switch finish brands?6/16/16
Every finish behaves a little differently and when you try new products you have to learn the little nuances. Generally I would not recommend changing brands or finishes unless you need to overcome a problem, need a product with different properties than what you're using, or the brand you're using is priced too high to be competitive (rare).
When you do decide to try new products, use them on small projects and in small quantities for an extended period to see how they perform short term and long term. Making a big change without doing your due diligence and thorough testing can be a major set back. Imagine having to redo a big project because the finish didn't perform as expected.
With all that said, there are other good brands to choose from;
I'm sure I missed some...
I would recommend you try a catalyzed polyurethane like the Milesi. The sealer fills beautifully and sands like a dream. The topcoat looks fantastic and is very durable.
also look into sayerlack. It is a sherwin williams company so it should be easy to get.
i say stick with sherwin williams. i tried many different products before landing on sherwin over 10 years ago and i havent looked back. they have a solution for all of your job specs. great tech support. great pricing. great products.
I started with ML Campbell and then switched to Sherwin Williams after a color matching issue with the ML supplier. About 2 years ago I tried Chemcraft for a couple of projects (all CV finishes). The supplier was closer and pricing was a little cheaper, but the supplier didn't stock enough material.
I say go with the supplier that has the best service and color matching abilities. For me it's SW.