PPG Semi-Gloss Manor Hall Can

Pittsburgh Manor Hall Semi-gloss

I’ve been using PPG Manor Hall semi-gloss for nearly 30 years.  I was never 100% sold on the paint, but I have never really taken the time to compare it side by side with its equal partners like Regal and Duration.   

Manor Hall retails for $55.00, which is the least expensive of the three.   It has been Pittsburgh premium semi-gloss until 2020 when PPG released UltaLast.

I have personally used Manor Hall for at least 20 years but have never taken the time to compare it to other paints such as $70.00 Regal Select and $70.00 Duration.

Important:  The Manor Hall sold at Home Depot is NOT the same paint that I am reviewing.  Home Depot has a lesser grade of paint, and it sells for $35.00.

This Pittsburgh Manor Semi-gloss  I am reviewing is the original formula and can be purchased at independent PPG stores across America.

Facts in Brief: 

  • Low VOC paint
  • It comes in five sheens:  Flat, Matte, Eggshell Satin, and Semi-gloss.
  • It tints to any color
  • Water clean-up
  • Dries quickly
  • Can be recoated in 4 hours.

PPG Manor Semi-gloss Coverage

Manor Hall covers most color changes in two coats.  Normally I give a perfect score of a 10.

I covered straight white over yellow in two coats and a taupe color over an off-white in two coats.

It wasn’t until I tried to apply straight white over the dark blue below that I ran into problems.

Manor Hall Semi-gloss struggles to cover this dark blue with white semi-gloss after 3 coats.

 PPG Manor Semi-gloss Coverage is a grade of 9 out 0f 10



The Pittsburgh Manor Hall Semi-gloss has excellent workability.

I was able to get 32-38″ of linear coverage from one dip of the brush.  Also, the second coat glides on equally as easily as the first.

Keep in mind the better the workability the faster the job will get completed. 

PPG Manor Semi-gloss Workability  9 out of 10


The Manor Hall Semi-gloss Semi-gloss did not touch up very well. If you look at the white part of the door, notice how the second half looks shinier. That is where the third coat was applied.


The Manor Hall Semi-gloss Semi-gloss did not touch up very well. If you look at the white part of the door, notice how the second half looks shinier. That is where the third coat was applied.

Touch-Up Grade 7 out of 10


Is Manor Hall Semi-gloss Washable and Durable?


I applied the following products and allowed them to dry for 24 hours

  • Catsup
  • Mustard
  • Red Wine
  • Coffee
  • Pencil
  • Crayon

The Manor Hall semi-gloss was durable and could handle the cleaners for several minutes, and the paint did not soften.  However, the mustard and crayon stain still remained ever so slightly.

Pittsburgh Manor Hall Semi-gloss does not clean as well as the Manor Hall Eggshell or Flat paint.  This is astonishing.  I wouldn’t even think this is possible.   One positive note is no paint is peeled from cleaning.  This was not the case with Ben Moore Regal Select Semi-gloss.  Duration Satin Finish had the best washability of the three.

In my opinion, the Manor Hall Semi-gloss receives a 7 out of 10 for washability.

  • Regal Select Semi-gloss 7
  • Duration Satin 10 

PPG Manor Hall 10 out of 10 for durability

  • Regal Select Semi-gloss 9
  • Duration Satin 10 


PPG Manor Hall Semi-gloss is a door and trim paint.   It is not meant to have superior self-leveling capabilities like BreakThrough or Ultralast. 

The self-leveling compares closer to Duration from Sherwin Williams, or Reagal from Ben Moore.

C2 Cabinet Grade Paint
  • Regal Select Semi-gloss 8
  • Duration Satin 7
  • C2 Satin Finish 10 
  • Manor Hall 7 
PPG Manor Hall Eggshell Can


Value and Final Thoughts of Manor Hall Semi-gloss

For a retail price of $55.00, this paint fails to be a good value.  There isn’t anything this paint does that a mid-grade paint such as Sherwin Williams Medium Luster


Recommendations For PPG  Manor Hall semi-gloss choice? 

If applying two coats of paint over the existing white trim.

When is Manor Hall Semi-gloss a poor choice
  • When painting white over a dark color
  • Cabinets
  • Bookcases
  • when self-leveling is important

Overall Value 6 out of 10

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