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The Top Five Interior Paint Products for 2012

Posted by: Heidi Nyline

Our painters get asked all the time about our favourite products and why at Warline, we use certain products over others. So I thought instead of writing about design trends and predictions, which are in full swing on the blog circuit right now, I would share our top five interior paint products for 2012. Iíll save our top five exterior paint products for the spring since it isnít exactly exterior painting season in Vancouver yet.

Benjamin Moore Waterborne Ceiling Paint (K508)
This is all we use on ceilings. Period. When a product saves you time, it saves you money so regardless of what we are using on the walls or the budget of the job, this is our ceiling paint. It is flat. It provides excellent coverage with minimal flashing in challenging light situations and with dark colours. It sprays well and rolls well. K508 is the best ceiling paint on the market, hands down.

Benjamin Moore Aura Bath & Spa Paint Matte Finish (532)
For years kitchen and bath paints had an ugly glossy shine to provide the durability and easy-to-clean features needed in these spaces. We rarely recommended them though because no one wants a semi-gloss look to their walls, especially if they are using darker colours. That often posed a problem with staining and water marks, particularly behind towel bars and beside shower curtains. Benjamin Mooreís Bath and Spa paint solves that problem. It is specially formulated for humid environments, is available in Benjamin Moore's complete colour palette and best of all comes in a matte finish.

Cloverdale Paint Performance Plus Super Acrylic II, Interior Latex Paint (43051)
This paint is our work horse. We use Super Acrylic II for residential interior repaints more than any other product. Why? Excellent performance, at a great price. When a customer is looking to save money on a painting project, one of the first things we will consider is how to lower paint costs. Cloverdale Paintís Super Acrylic II delivers excellent coverage and durability for less money.

Benjamin Moore ADVANCE Waterborne Interior Alkyd Paint (790)
This stuff is amazing. Imagine a paint that cures hard like an oil paint, has superior self leveling properties so brush strokes are non-existent, sprays like a dream but is without any of the drawbacks of a conventional alkyd. ADVANCE is that product. Unlike traditional oil-based paints that have strong odors, require solvents for cleaning and run the risk of yellowing over time, Benjamin Mooreís ADVANCE is a waterborne alkyd with low-VOC levels so there is way less smell and it cleans up with water. It is perfect for repainting kitchen cabinets and trim. This is an excellent performing product and our top painters look for any chance they can to use ADVANCE on a project. They like it that much.

Benjamin Moore Natura Zero-VOC Paint (513)
This zero-VOC paint does something that most other no-VOC paints don't - it covers well. With more homeowners requesting the use of green products in their homes, we needed a good, environmentally friendly paint in our arsenal and Natura is our choice paint. We also like the odorless factor in this paint, making it great for homes with small children or people with allergies.

So thatís our list for or top interior paint products for 2012. We will continue testing more products and more brands throughout the year. Part of being able to deliver exceptional service to our customers is being able to provide them with the best products for their painting jobs.

Have a painting project in Vancouver or the lower mainland? Need to find out the best product for your job? Give us a call or send us an email and weíll be happy to make an appointment.

Happy New Year.

Posted by: Steven Lang
What are the pros and cons between using BM Aura VS Advanced for interior trim. We have alot of trim and we want something with great coverage, durability and long staying power of colour tone. We heard that because Advanced has some oil in it that there may be some concerns of it yellowing over time. As well, we don't know what we currently have on our trim but are impressed with the super hard finish. Which one of the two have you found to give a harder finish? Would appreciate your expert fee


Hi Steven,

I would definitely recommend using the Advance over Aura for your trim. It will give you the durability that you are looking for and there will be no yellowing. We have found it cures harder than Aura in a semi gloss finish. Although Benjamin Moore Advance is and alkyd it is a 100% waterbourne alkyd and contains no oil.

Posted by: Maura Ostrom
I live in California. Is there another paint company here in the states that you would say compares to Cloverdale for price and quality? I love Benjamin Moore, but it would be nice to have another go to brand.


Hi Maura, Thanks for stopping by. Being in Canada, I am not sure what brand would be comparable to Cloverdale in California. Let me do some checking and get back to you.

Posted by: Lynne Whiteside
This is great information - I'll be working at Fregosi & Company Paints and this information is important, Ben Moore is what they sell.


Hi Lynne, Thanks for stopping by. We'll keep posting more information about Benjamin Moore products.

Posted by: Scott Burt
So, do you like Benjamin Moore? :)


It would seem that way, wouldn't it.

Posted by: nick dunse
Been using Ben Moore paints since the early 70's. I have always been a trailblazer when it comes to trying new products for all Paint suppliers. We have used the AURA line both interior and exterior and also the ADVANCE including the Satin-Semi and Gloss finishes. like all products they have there good and bad points . With paints going up another 10% here that will make a gallon of AURA paint cost $62.00 US dollars! Wow....


Thanks for stopping by Nick. Good paint is expensive and that was a factor we considering in putting together our list. I always advise my customer to buy the best quality paint available, in their price point, regardless of the brand.

Posted by: Patrick Stilwell
I would love to use more Ben Moore paint, but there is not a dealer anywhere close to the homes we work on. We end up using a LOT of Sherwin Williams and some Glidden Professional. I will try to write up a review of some paint we have had good luck with and if a Ben Moore dealer opens here we will know what type of products to use! Thanks for the info!


Hi Patrick, I would love to read about your favourite SW products. We plan on testing them a lot more this year so maybe some of their products will make next year's list.

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