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Behr Premium Plus

*Est. $13 to $19 per gallon
Reviewed
August 2010
by ConsumerSearch
Behr Premium Plus exterior paint

Budget exterior house paint

Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • Lifetime warranty
Cons
  • Some pro painters report bad experiences with Behr

Behr Premium Plus exterior paint is a perennial top performer in simulated durability tests. In that test, it performs almost as well as a more expensive brand -- California Fresh Coat Velvet Flat (*Est. $35 per gallon) -- at resisting dirt, mildew and cracking. However, professional house painters give Behr Premium Plus exterior paint very mixed reviews. Some say it's too thick and fast-drying to apply smoothly, sags when applied thickly, and dries with an uneven finish. Others disagree, saying that while Behr isn't as high quality as more expensive paints, such as Sherwin-Williams Duration (*Est. $55 per gallon) and Sherwin-Williams SuperPaint (*Est. $40 per gallon), they have used Behr with decent results. Still, pros agree that a good premium exterior paint will probably cover better in fewer coats than any low-priced paint. No other budget exterior paint comes highly recommended by professional painters, and none has done as well in extensive testing as Behr. Behr Premium Plus comes in flat, satin and semi-gloss sheens with a lifetime warranty.

ConsumerReports.org publishes a free article that names the winners of its latest exterior paint tests. Professional painting contractors who post at DIYChatroom.com and PaintTalk.com give mixed opinions about Behr. About.com's guide to home repair recommends Behr as a high-quality brand.

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Behr Premium Plus is included in ConsumerReports.org's evaluation of the best-performing exterior paints. Detailed paint ratings are available only to subscribers.

Review: Paints and Stains, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, June 2010

2. DIY Chatroom

This thread goes on for 23 pages, in which several professional painting contractors enumerate the many problems they encountered with Behr paints, while others say Behr's not really that bad.

Review: Commenting on Behr Paints, Contributors to DIYChatroom.com

3. PaintTalk.com

Here is a similar discussion -- nine pages this time -- started by a Canadian painting contractor who hates Behr paint. He conducts a head-to-head test against a rival paint in which he concludes that Behr is terrible. Others post that Behr exterior paint has worked fine for them.

Review: Behr!!!, Contributors to PaintTalk.com

4. About.com

Behr is one of the exterior paint brands recommended by Bob Formisano, About.com's guide to home repair, along with Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore, in this general guide to paint. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)

Review: All about Paint, Bob Formisano

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