Interior Paint: Ratings of Sources
Total of 16 Sources
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org editors test 51 interior paints for surface smoothness and ease of cleaning as well as for their ability to dry without stickiness, hide the color underneath, stunt mildew growth, resist stains, retain gloss and color and withstand scrubbing with abrasives. Editors also list the reported VOC levels for each paint. Three paints earn Best Buy designations in different gloss levels (flat, low-luster and semigloss). Additional paints are recommended, but not named Best Buys.
Paint That Performs
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentGood Housekeeping testers "spent two weeks rolling red paint, most in an eggshell finish, onto drywall." They name the best paints in four categories -- all-purpose, eco-excellence, bath/kitchen paint and budget buys -- as well as some good runner-up choices. Each paint gets a one-paragraph write-up explaining why testers like it, as well as any drawbacks.
Finally, Good-Looking Nontoxic Paint?
by Stephen Treffinger
Our AssessmentStephen Treffinger says he tested 10 low- or no-VOC paint brands, but he discusses only the six that perform best. He talks about how well each one applies, how well each covers black and red permanent marker and how easily he can clean smudges off the fully dried and cured paint. Paints from Farrow & Ball, Yolo, Safecoat, Benjamin Moore, Mythic and Stark make the cut.
Low-Odor Indoor Paints That Stop Headaches: Abusive Lab Test
by Erin McCarthy
Our AssessmentPopular Mechanics editors test three low- or no-VOC paints, judging their odor, coverage and how many strokes with sandpaper it takes to sand off a coat. Benjamin Moore Aura -- a low-VOC paint -- beats no-VOC paints from The Freshaire Choice and Mythic for coverage and durability, but its odor is strong enough that "we'd still crack a window."
Interior Paint Ratings
by Interior Paint Ratings
Our AssessmentJ.D. Power and Associates surveys more than 9,800 consumers about interior paints they have used over the past year. Twenty popular paint brands are accordingly rated for application, offerings (variety of colors and finishes), durability, price, warranty and overall. Pratt & Lambert paints rate highest, with Benjamin Moore and Dunn-Edwards also ranking "among the best." A link leads to a news release that discusses the findings.
General Painting Discussion
by Contributors to PaintTalk.com
Our AssessmentIf you are looking for professional painters' opinions of a brand of paint, you can probably find it here. Pro painters engage in very detailed, helpful discussions of brands and product lines. Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams paints are the overwhelming favorites. Posters repeatedly recommend mid-range, high-end and low-VOC paints from these brands.
by Contributors to DoItYourself.com
Our AssessmentThis user-to-user discussion forum is a great place to get first-person recommendations and advice regarding paints and painting. There's enough discussion about most major paint brands to see which ones seem to leave users most satisfied. In addition to dedicated homeowners, active and retired home contractors and painters take part on a regular basis. Higher-end Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams paints seem to be the choice of most experienced contributors. They credit ease of application and superior coverage, and pointedly disagree with ConsumerReports.org's recommendation of paints from big-box stores.
Painting and Finish Work
by Contributors to ContractorTalk.com
Our AssessmentProfessional contractors who post here give their opinions on many brands of paint. One publishes a very helpful review of Benjamin Moore Aura paint, launching a detailed discussion that also touches on Benjamin Moore's step-down Regal line. Posters here also repeatedly recommend Sherwin-Williams Cashmere and SuperPaint, and Ace Royal paint also earns some praise.
by Contributors to DIYChatroom.com
Our AssessmentSimilar to the other online forums, a mix of professionals, retailers and homeowners -- some of whom frequent other forums as well -- exchange ideas here about paint and the job of painting. The experts echo the same theme through many months of postings: You get what you pay for. Numerous posts recommend taking the time to properly prepare and prime the coverage area, not to skimp on application equipment and to obtain the middle grade or better of whatever brand of paint fits the project's budget. An equally prevalent refrain is to avoid products from big-box retailers. As with other forums, Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams paints are the favorites here.
by Contributors to GardenWeb.com
Our AssessmentDo-it-yourselfers and some painting pros post here on all topics paint-related. Contributors prefer various brands of interior paint, but Benjamin Moore Aura and the ultra-expensive Farrow & Ball earn the highest praise.
Professional Painters and Associated Trades Forum
by Contributors to PainterForum.com
Our AssessmentPainting pros don't discuss specific paint varieties as much here as they do in other online forums, and when they do, the opinions are more mixed. However, posters here prefer Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams paints, just as they do on other forums.
Paint Buying Guide
by Editors of TheGreenGuide.com
Our AssessmentNational Geographic's TheGreenGuide.com lists 13 of the most eco-friendly paints on the market, including choices from well-known paint companies like Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore. Editors pick BioShield Clay Paint as their Recommended paint, with BioShield Casein Milk Paint named Greenest Product and Innovative Formulations Company Ecological Paint named the Best Value. Each is VOC-free and is "made with as many natural ingredients as possible or with water-based synthetics." However, there is no mention of how the paints perform.
The Fast No-Stink Super Paint
by Nicole Dyer
Our AssessmentIn this article that names Popular Science's picks for the best innovations of 2007, Nicole Dyer discusses Benjamin Moore's Aura paint. She says this line of paint is ecologically friendly, uses a single coat and dries in hours. Other benefits are that no primer is needed, there is no "lingering odor" and it "leaves a washable finish." Aura is expensive, however. Dyer doesn't test the paint herself, but she describes visiting the Benjamin Moore lab, talking to chemists who developed the Aura paint and playing with paint in the lab.
Painting & Wallpapering
by Contributors to AllExperts.com
Our AssessmentIn this free Q&A service, users submit questions about a host of topics, and an expert responds based on his or her experience. Many questions about painting are posted and answered here, though most revolve around color selection or techniques rather than brands of paint. One professional painter recommends Sherwin-Williams Duration paint for families with young children because it allows for easy cleaning of wall art left by crayons and markers. In a similar question from a homeowner with dogs, a professional paint consultant recommends Duration and ICI Dulux Lifemaster.
Best Interior Paint
by Lee Wallender
Our AssessmentLee Wallender, About.com's guide to home renovations, picks the best three brands of interior paint: Ralph Lauren Home, Pratt & Lambert and Benjamin Moore. Wallender specifically mentions Benjamin Moore Aura (citing a ConsumerSearch report on that paint) and Pratt & Lambert Accolade and RedSeal. However, this short write-up describes only very briefly how the paints perform. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Durable Insulating House, Wall, Roof Paint Improves Comfort
by James Dulley
Our AssessmentJames Dulley is an engineer and syndicated columnist. In this article, he discusses insulating ceramic paint (and is one of the few experts to do so). He describes in detail how insulating paints work for both interior and exterior walls and lists several manufacturers. In his report of brands, he writes about features, application, colors and warranty. Brands listed include Chemrex, Hy-Tech and Insulated Coatings. Paints are not tested, ranked or rated, however.