There are those places which we want to keep to ourselves forever. Wonder Products Paint is just that place. After shopping here for a little more than three years, I think it is safe to share. There is enough paint to go around.
It is located on a section of South St. that goes one-way towards Downtown Orlando. Access Primrose St. from whichever direction north or south and then turn towards west, this is a one way. Parking is restricted to street level along South St., be extremely careful with traffic.
This is not your big box hardware store with tons of people at your disposal to guide you to every little piece of fancy tool or gimmick you see on HGTV. The limited number of people who work here are extremely dedicated and knowledgeable in their product. If you ask for something specific and they say “We don’t have that.” Believe them. They know. The store is crammed into a little space with very narrow walking aisles. However, the staff here is knowledgeable and can definitely find anything comparable to what your favorite HGTV host was talking about. Normally, the people who shop here are private contractors with small individually owned companies.
The claim to fame here is paint. They have over a gazillion gallons of paint stored inside and out back, yes….in the backyard. You name the most fanciful of paints, they have it. From the $55 a gal Benjamin Moore Aura, Pratt and Lambert, Sherwin Williams, to the elastomeric exterior Color Wheel and anywhere in between. They carry exterior, interior, stains, gels, wood, metal, industrial, and home paints. If there is something specific you want, like maybe a low VOC, they can make it for you. Did I mention that they have a mad scientist …um mixologist who will mix up anything? Oh yeah, he is a genius.
They have those giant color swatches available in the store. But it is advisable to bring your own color swatches with exactly what finish and the amount you need. From there the mixologist will help you find what you need. If he can’t find your exact request he’ll whip up a batch for you. Word of caution here…..since it maybe very hard to replicate this special mix, buy enough or a little extra. Word of caution have a paint strainer handy when you are ready to paint. Since some of this paint may sit outside for a while there could be some sediment formation. No worries, strain and paint.
So where does all of this paint come from? There are several big name paint companies when they mistint big orders what will they do with the “damaged” paint? Sell it to this store at a significantly lower price. That saving is passed on to you. Three years ago the price for a gal of paint at Wonder products was $5. Today it is $8. So for $8 a gal you can get a $55 gal paint, if that is what you want. Since this is a mistint paint store the price for white paint is much higher.
There might be special features that you wish for, they will take your order and ask you to came back later. In a day or two they have new paint coming in all the time. Your special order may be in there. Whatever you fancy they are willing to work with you to get there. You just got to have some patience. Great find, great store, friendly reliable solid staff.