Pro Painters Speak: Top “Triple Threat” Interior Paint

Written by on November 20, 2014 in Industry News, Uncategorized with 217 Comments

interior paintWe’ll keep this one short and sweet.

If you’re just getting here, check out the discussion going on in the Comment section below, thanks to the gracious input of contractors around the world.

Here’s What it’s About:

If you could only use one LINE of interior paint (Duration, Aura, etc.) for all of the ceilings, walls and trim in your professional life, what would your triple threat choice be?

This is not a “which manufacturer do you like best” poll. It is more of a “if you could only have one line, which interior paint could do it all for you in 2 or 3 different sheens?

For this discussion, price is no object. We encourage you to reflect on versatile products that perform well in the most categories and deliver value with the good finish.

Post your answers in the comment selection below, please.

We believe it is critically important for paint manufacturers and consumers of paint to know what the pros really value in interior paint products.

Results will be ongoing in the comment section!

Thanks for speaking out.

[Related: Pro Opinions on Paint Grade vs. Stain]

Scott Burt

Scott Burt is a contractor and freelance writer whose column "From the Field" has appeared in American Painting Contractor magazine ( since 2008. His writing and projects also appear in other print and digital venues. This site is an extension of Scott's publication work, and he encourages readers to leave comments and questions about articles published here. Hope to hear from you!



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  1. John Smith says:

    So any results?

  2. Chris says:

    So did Scott (who had a problem with the guy who listed the results before December) ever publish the results for this survey?

    • Drake says:

      No, and he also edited the part about him posting the results out of the original post to make me look bad, as well as deleting several of my posts across the site.

      • Scott Burt says:

        Come on now, Drake. That’s a bit of a stretch. While we do edit some of the irrelevant emotional content from posts occasionally, the results of the survey – the input from contractors who cared more about the topic and the reasons behind their choices than which brand is “best” – are always undiluted here. That is the spirit of this site. It works for many, many people in all walks of the industry on a daily basis.

        • Drake says:

          We must have different definitions of “irrelevant emotional content.” You literally edited out a tech data sheet link. That’s about as emotionless as it gets. I’m not interested in brand wars and that’s not why I’m here. Contrary to your snap judgment of me, I recommend paint from many different brands (yes, even that one!). I just make sure to recommend the right tool for the job, which means not telling people to go ahead and use a product whose TDS explicitly warns against using it for that purpose. Sorry to be dragging drama out in comments, but I don’t appreciate my helping people being deleted.

    • Scott Burt says:

      No problems here, Chris. The comments and thought processes of the contractors who contributed to this survey are the value in this post. I haven’t seen the need to cloud it with another post on the topic. The results are here for those who read.

  3. Deb says:

    Looking for recommendation… Live in Pacific Northwest. Which is a better exterior paint?
    Miller Paint or Benjamin Moore

    • Scott Burt says:

      Hi Deb

      We have never used Miller but have heard great things about it from colleagues in the region. BM has good paint as well. We have used lots of the Regal Select Soft Gloss over the years.

  4. AURA! It is the best of the best

    Emerald is like water in comparison.

    Love your articles Scott!

  5. Kathy Griffis says:

    Last year I stumbled upon Ben Moore’s “Advance”, in satin, for my massive new cabinets, in our live-in reno house. Wow! I will never buy another paint. Yes, it’s expensive. Yes, I no longer care!!!! I am doing old wall panelling now, from 1974, and instead of our walls looking like , “Well, y’know…we had to try *something*, right?”, (just covered up wall panelling), to, “Wow! What kind of texture did you put on your walls?!!! ” Advance dries to a silky finish, is as hard as a rock, it’s scrubbable, and has made our poor old wall panelling look like it’s supposed to look that way! Like we CHOSE it because we liked it! (And with this sheen…we do!)

    • Scott Burt says:

      Beautiful stuff, Kathy, thanks for sharing your project!

    • Benzy says:

      Valspar just as good. Cost less.

      • Mike's Custom Painting says:

        Everybody has an opinion when it comes to Paint. Opinions are useless unless they are backed up by facts. The only way to truly establish facts is to test the Paints in question. This cannot be done on a 3 by 5 card, It needs to be conducted in real world scenarios on real world products.
        Everything needs to be considered, like substrate, types of Primers etc. I just got finished helping a guy to finish a job where the blue tape I gave him to use was removing the paint. He blamed the tape, but any professional worth is salt know that blue tape shouldn’t remove good paint. Come to find out, he used PVS primer (absolute crap in my opinion) and the paint was not adhering to it. Had he used what I originally told the HO to use, there would have been no problem. At the very least, he should have done a test to see if the PVS was an appropriate primer, which it is not and never will be.

      • Kathy Griffis says:

        Benny, Valspar is “just is as good” as…?

  6. Tim Comi says:

    I’m really liking the emerald. Semi-gloss sprays wonderful. Satin brushes great. Matte rolls awesome.

  7. Bret says:

    I would choose Cashmere hands down and for many reasons. The most important reasons are that the sheens cover most all customer needs and it covers and “lays” down very smooth when applied correctly to most every interior surfaces. Here are some other good reasons to pick Cashmere and Sherwin-Williams in general: SW is everywhere, product is generally well stocked, priced right, typically excellent rep service, delivery service, typically knowledgeable store employees, consistent tinting and color consistency. These are things are often hard to find particularly with paint dealers and box stores.

  8. Mark says:

    For true triple threat, I’d say Diamond Vogel’s Permacryl.
    For ceilings: Diamond Vogel’s Elevate is hands down the best ceiling flat I’ve ever used. Eggshell, I like BM’s Ben line. Semigloss, BM Regal.

  9. Drake says:

    Since Scott Burt seems like he’s not going to post the results, I’ve tallied the results. Not sure if he just never got around to it or didn’t like the results. I’ve left off, in the name of brevity, any line that didn’t get more than one vote, and any vote for a manufacturer instead of a line.

    Winner: BM Regal Select
    Second: BM Aura and SW Cashmere

    Votes, in order:

    BM Regel Select: 22
    SW Cashmere: 9
    BM Aura: 9
    SW ProMar 200: 3
    SW ProMar 200 Zero VOC: 2
    Rodda Paint Lasyn: 2
    Miller Evolution: 2
    Rodda Paints Unique: 2
    SW Super Paint: 2
    Behr Ultra: 2
    Behr Marquee: 2

    • Drake says:

      For those interested in the lines that got a single vote, I’ll list them here:

      BM Advance, DE Suprema, SW Emerald, C2 Paints Luxe, PPG Silken Touch, Kelly Moore Acry-Plex, PPG Pure Performance, Denalt Celestial.

    • Scott Burt says:

      Hey Drake, thanks for the follow up. Not a personal thing at all, the comments and votes have been here for folks to read. Our readers generally don’t require spoon feeding. The important thing is that people are thinking about their businesses and how to do better.

      • Drake says:

        I quite believe you that your viewers don’t require spoon feeding. I just understood from the original article that this was something that was going to happen:

        “Results will be published in December, and we will make sure the paint world gets the news!”

        Naturally, I must assume that either you didn’t like the news or thought your readers needed spoon feeding at the time you wrote that. Otherwise, not sure why no results were posted.

        Just having a laugh Scott; all in good fun. I do appreciate the website.

    • The pacster says:

      Looks pretty convincing to me! The two BM products got more votes then all the others combined. Maybe there are some people with some idea what quality is after all!

    • Benzy says:

      Thanks Drake. Excellent post.

  10. Jeff says:

    Thanks Tim. Please note that one may now get a Graco Magnum X5 for a mere $252 on Amazon – the big box stores charge $329 for the same thing. A heck of a bargain – I couldn’t pass it up!

  11. I’d have to say Aura is the top choice. Although it’s not right for every application, it’s probably my favorite.

    • Bill says:

      Aura is garbage for that kind of money. Any low voc paint drys way too fast and goes on like glue. Even if you condition it before use it’s hard to work with. Ben Moore latex satin impervious is a better choice.

  12. Drake says:

    Heya Scott,

    Did these results get published? I’m curious to see the final tally.

  13. Nick Hunter says:

    I’d have to say kelly-moore acry-plex, flows like butter and is hard as a rock. Hopfully get to try Rodda products soon!

    • Mike says:

      Kelly who?
      Just kidding. I have heard of them, but we don’t have it here in Hawaii or I would definitely give it a try.
      Where can you find the stuff?

  14. Dan says:

    This is what we have found to be our best formula for success:

    CEILINGS: California Diamond
    WALLS: C2 Luxe Eggshell, with FPE a close 2nd
    TRIM:C2 satin or BM 314

    • Dan says:

      Having just posted that, here is my choice for “one manufacturer, three interior sheen levels”:
      1. C2
      2. FPE
      3. BM
      4. California

  15. George says:

    Scott, no finer pain line top to bottom than FPE Fine Paints of Europe. People here have mentioned dead flat.I have never seen a true flat such as Fine paints of Europe. 0 light reflection, superior coverage. Washes better than any other coating I have ever used, even burnish or rub marks wash off leaving it perfect again. Best primer, varnish ( both oil and acrylic) oil enamel, acrylic enamel. Amazing product.the Dutch make the best paint in the world. That’s why they have over 270 paint manufacturers in Holland. American companies could make the dame quality paint, they just don’t.

    • Scott Burt says:

      Thanks George, yes they do make some fine product. Is there a particular line that they offer that would work across 3 sheens?

    • Mike says:

      Wow! I’m learning a lot about paints I’ve never heard of. Somebody needs to start a store that carries all these different brands and let us painters choose which ones we want.

  16. Matt says:

    Like most here know already, there is no one line that delivers all of the specifics like dead flat, durability, leveling, odor, ect. That can make you wonder if it is on purpose that there are so many product lines from each brand…. pricing for each line could be a possibility. With that said, I would stick with Benjamin Moore Regal Select.

    • Scott Burt says:

      Thanks for the pro feedback, Matt. RS seems to be a popular choice so far. Cheers!

    • Rachel Routhier says:

      I agree…I use a lot of different products for each step of each job. BM Waterborne ceiling paint is my go to for no lap marks on every ceiling, large or small. Wall and trim paint change with the specs of each job. I have been using BM Regal Select a lot recently for walls and trim, and love the coverage and durability. Ceilings make it tricky to pick just 1, but I would go with the Regal Select.

      • Scott Burt says:

        Thanks RR, and a big fat happy holidays to you.

      • Talers says:

        Hi Rachel, just curious why Regal Select is not also your first choice for ceilings? I’m looking to buy a single paint to use on both my walls and ceiling… Should I stick with Regal Select? I read that it is low-splatter, which seems especially handy for rolling ceilings. Further, my ceiling is texturized, requiring a thick nap roller. TYIA!

        • Drake says:

          Hey Talers,

          If you don’t mind someone else popping up, there’s a couple considerations to take in mind:

          1) Most people don’t do flat walls these days (except for contractors looking to save money), and sheens other than flat typically don’t look good on ceilings. This means typically using different sheens on wall/ceiling, which means you don’t need to stick to one line for any particular reason.
          2) Benjamin Moore’s Ceiling Ultra Flat (product 508) is one of the flattest ceiling paints available on the market. This gives exceptionally good looking ceilings, even when they aren’t perfect, making it a better choice than Regal Select flat for ceilings in many cases
          3) The 508 ceiling paint is also considerably less expensive than the Regal Select in most stores (I sell it for almost $10 less) which means using it for the ceiling saves you money and gives better results

          I would assume Rachel’s reasoning also follows one or more of those lines of reasoning. Cheers!

          -Ben Moore retailer

          • Talers says:

            Thank you, Drake. I appreciate the info. I have a 10×12 bedroom (with one window, one door, and a 5′ closet). I’m painting over a dark blue-gray whole-room mural with white (matte finish). Good coverage is key, but so is cost. I thought it might be more cost effective to buy one gallon of regal select for the walls and ceiling… ? Will I need more than one gallon, (in which case I will follow your suggestion), and/or should I use primer as well? I’m planning on one quart of satin for the doors/trim. Thanks!

          • Drake says:

            Well, if you figure up the raw square footage without taking out for the doors/window, you get 472 square feet. That’s just a little bit more than you’ll typically get out of a gallon of paint. Taking out for the stuff (depending on their size) probably gets you to almost exactly one gallon. It’s really tricky to say when you’re right on the line like that. If you’re looking to save money, I would do what you’re planning, start with 1 gallon, and then if you need more get a quart. Try to make sure you stop somewhere there’s a natural line if you think you’re not going to make it (the end of a wall, etc) and stop before you empty the gallon so you can mix the quart with the rest of the gallon to ensure a perfect match.

            Alternatively, for about $ 15 more you could go the ceiling paint/wall paint route. Then you should definitely have plenty for the walls and ceiling both, and you could save the ceiling paint for another project if you seal the can nicely.

            The big unknown is whether it’ll cover in one coat. Regal Select has great coverage and I’ve had incredibly good luck with it in situations like yours, but it’s hard to make any promises. It might be worth doing a small patch, seeing if it covers, and if not going back to the store to pick up some inexpensive primer just to help the color change. Keep in mind, also, that “dirtier” whites (ask about White Dove and Steam for popular off whites with a little color to them) will cover much better than stark off-whites like Simply White will. Cheers and good luck!

          • Drake says:

            I should also note, I just remembered that your ceiling is textured. That means greater surface area to paint. As I figure it with the textured ceiling you almost certainly won’t get by with a single gallon for the whole room. Heavy texture can nearly double the amount of paint needed! Sorry to have neglected that in my earlier post!

        • Scott Burt says:

          Hi Talers

          The most important consideration, which hasn’t been discussed yet…is, has your textured ceiling been painted previously? If you do not know for sure, it is entirely possible that it is original. We see that a lot in the field. If you have reason to believe that this is the case, do NOT use any waterborne primer or paint on your ceiling or you will find the fastest and messiest way to strip it to raw sheetrock.

          If you know that it has been painted, you have many more options and it would be prudent to cut mfr recommendations for spread rate per gallon in half to be safe. Two gallons for sure.

  17. Michael Miraglia says:

    Hands down the best interior Eggshell paint is sherwin williams Pro-mar 200, Benjamin Moores Regal wall satin would be my only choice for interior flat, and lastly for a superior exterior product is Sherwin Williams Super Paint. As far as one line of paint though for interior on 3 different sheens “Sherwin Williams”

  18. Sherri says:

    I’m surprised that no one has mentioned Pittsburgh Paint’s Pure Performance line. Great price, great product.

  19. Don’t have a product like that. Cashmere would be that paint if they had a dead flat for ceilings.

  20. Lynn Waller says:

    I would have to say that Benjamin Moore Aura would be my choice. I use it in 95% of the homes for clients, even office spaces as well, and retail settings. I trust the application, and appearance.

  21. Steve says:

    The Sherwin Williams Promar 200 No VOC Line works well for us.

  22. i have been in the custom home painting business for over 40 years, so i guess I am “old school”.
    Each market is different represented geographically as well as quality of houses or commerical buildings. Our company specializes is very high quality painting, with that said there is no one paint that can do what you are asking for the type of work that we do for our customers.

    • Scott Burt says:

      Interesting, Craig. And in principle, I do agree that no one line is ideal across the board. If there was one that was closest to your across the board needs, which would it be?

      • When I lived in Los Angeles there was only one company i would deal with and that was Dunn Edwards. However now that I am in the northwest I would say that the closest product that works accross the board is ( an we have tried most of them) is Rodda Unique 2. I have painted complete exteriors with this product and it will hold up 10 years with no problems if applied at 2 coats 3 mill wet each coat. It also works great on wall and trim , and it comes in low gloss for thim. with that said we very rarely use water base paints for interior trim.

        • Scott Burt says:

          Thanks Craig, others have spoken highly of DE and Rodda as well. Cheers!

        • TrimCraft says:

          When I lived out on the west coast I only used Dunn Edwards (Old Quaker and Scotch paints for our tract homes), now that I live in the Midwest I only use Sherwin Williams. An across the board go to line would be SuperPaint. On my higher customs BM Advance.

  23. lainey prather says:

    I am totally devoted to SW Cashmere. It’s not just a paint, it’s an experience šŸ™‚

  24. BM Regal Select

    • Scott Burt says:

      Thanks Steve!!

    • Mike says:

      I haven’t used BM for several years (pretty pricey here in Hawaii). Does it still have that little string that pulls away from the brush kinda like cheese when you bite a Pizza? Very serious on this. It was subtle but it was noticeable compared to other paints. Not necessarily a bad thing. it was just something that stood out to Me.

  25. Bill Bender says:

    Scott, throwing ceilings in the mix makes me go to Regal over Aura or cashmere.

  26. Jamie says:

    I’d go with Aura, but if it wasn’t for the trim I’d have a different answer.

    It would be interesting to know if people’s answers would be differnt for New Constructionor or Remodel vs Repaints?

  27. Ronald Sauve says:

    I have used many different brands/lines of paint over the years from a numbers of manufacturers. Nothing really stood out compared to others. A few years ago, I first used BM Aura and was very impressed, but it was pretty pricey. So when Behr came out with Ultra, I tried that, and really, I could see very little difference between the two. And given the price difference, I stuck with it. It has performed very well for me. However, when Behr recently came out with Marquee, I heard very good things about it, so even though it was getting up close to the Aura price, I gave it a try. Now I have to say that Marquee is the best paint I have ever used.

    • Scott Burt says:

      Thanks RS, appreciate the thoughts.

    • Mike says:

      Interesting… I’ve used a lot of Behr Paint. Mostly because of cost, but I’ve noticed a few things. It doesn’t seem to grip the surface well, takes a long time to get hard, sags terribly when applied thick and especially when sprayed. The Marquee claims to cover in one coat, however I found two necessary, and it seemed a bit hard to work with, but hey, we all have our own experiences.

  28. Lori Sawaya says:

    Thanks for a very interesting read. Sharing.

  29. Todd Mast says:

    Behr Ultra. It just works.

  30. Ryan Briggs says:

    Wow the question you posed is a tough one. Here’s my dilemma, ceilings. I like a real dead flat on ceilings otherwise they stripe and show way too many waves and such. Smaller ceilings aren’t a problem, it’s the big ones with lots of natural light that would haunt me. I’ve used SuperPaint on a big ceiling before and wound up having to switch to a dead flat to make it look right.

    So for the purpose of this exercise I have to go with ProMar 200 as the best triple threat because the flat is pretty close to a dead flat, the low sheen or eggshell is good on walls, and the semi for trim isn’t the best but it’s passable on most jobs. If ceilings were out of the equation I’d go with Cashmere.

  31. Mike Miller says:

    my triple threat choice would be Super Paint! Great product, middle of the road, quality and price.

  32. Hey Scott!
    We love BM and there are some obvious contenders in there line up for this, but if you consider…

    Price point
    Delivery options
    Quantities available
    Store locations
    Sheen selections

    The practical choice for us would be SW Cashmere.

    As a side note: we have expermented with exactly this idea with this product on certain projects with success not to mention we where able to nagotiate better pricing with this approach. Still like options though!!

    Really cool to see there are some regional contenders, SW & PPG absorbed most of our regional companies.

    Thanks Scott!

  33. My go to would be Miller paints “evolution”. Great product for all your needs.

  34. Brent Dorcas says:

    I prefer Denalt Celestia. Linen for walls, Pearl for Bathrooms, Semi Gloss or Pearl for trim and Flat for ceilings.

  35. Mark Peacock says:

    I would go with Ben Moore Regal.As long as they could get the cost abit more everyday friendly.

    • Scott Burt says:

      Mark, we’ll count that as your vote, good luck on the pricing!

    • Mike says:

      I’m with you on the price point.
      Funny thing is, here in Hawaii, it’s actually cheaper at one of the Hardware stores (local, not Big Box) than it is at the BM dealer. Go figure! Having said that, it’s not cheap by far. That’s why I stopped using BM. I don’t mind paying a little more for Exterior Paint, where it really matters to have a long lasting product, but for interiors, I’ll find something good for not an arm and a leg.

  36. Don Goddard says:

    Would have to go with SW Super Paint

  37. Jamie says:

    I like Olympic one on my walls cover great and for my trim paint fastcoat from sherwin Williams.

  38. Tom Williams says:

    Regal Select-covers well and easy application in sheens

  39. Paul Schmidt says:

    I use multipule products in multipule lines from Benjamin Moore, but if I had to pick just one it would be Regal Select.

  40. Michael D. Page says:

    Full disclosure I am a Home Depot paint rep.
    Before I was a rep, I was a painter for various companies for 25 yrs. Doing residential, commercial, industrial and entertainment ( scenic painting)
    I’ve used all major brands.
    Before I was a rep I’d say, regal select
    Considering my day job, Behr marquee
    But because I make my own paint and painted my own home with it I’ll go with Mike Page select….lol

    • Scott Burt says:

      Interesting, Mike. Thanks for the honesty. Maybe I can split your vote between the two. Do you see similarities between RS and marquee?

      • Michael D. Page says:

        how the liquid spreads and drys down in particular are very simular.
        But depending on color the edge goes to marquee.
        I like dead flat on ceilings
        so, push.
        Artistically, I use Behr ultra flat samples for murals, if I’m not using my own concoctions.

  41. Roger coulter says:

    Sherwin Williams

  42. pete doyle says:

    Seems Regal Select is the default choice, and I’m going with it too. Since you set the parameters that has to be it. Just wanted to mention that my experience with Zinnsser Perma White for ceilings has been remarkable. Especially when lack of ventilation is a factor.

    • Scott Burt says:

      Pete, that is definitely a popular choice so far. This survey is going to be running for another week or so. Then we will compile the results, taking a look at all of the top contenders. So, it’s not just a one horse race. But we definitely are interested in products that contractors feel are diverse.

    • Mike says:

      Pete, You don’t have any problems with the PermaWhite picture framing on you when cutting in?
      This was the worst paint I’ve seen for that. Even one rep (who shall remain nameless šŸ™‚ acknowledged it. I will say this though; the stuff sticks very well.

  43. After further review I’d go with BM Aura line would live with having to put “matte” on the ceilings, but the rest of the line interior and exterior would work for us and our clients.

  44. Very tricky question. We typically use dead flat for ceilings, matte or low sheen for walls, satin for trim. Typically 3 different lines from BM. I have never used Regal Select for trim, but that might be my compromise line, since I would get a flat for lids (not dead flat unfortunately) and a good wall paint.

  45. Craig Estey says:

    I pretty much have to use Benjamin Moore. Most of the decorator’s and designer’s I work with spec them exclusively. Many TV shows only feature this company. There is no Sherwin Williams near me. There are many other good paint lines in my area but they are all sold at big box stores and they have limited knowledge on paint and/or design.

    • Mike says:

      I’ve noticed an absence of PPG (ICI, Glidden) in anyone’s post. Is it just that they don’t have stores near by or are you guys not liking their Paint?

  46. Hello Everyone, Well I never thought say this But Behr Marquee Is an amazing product. A client Of mine asked me to use it on his new condo, and I was amazed it covered a black wall with polka dots wall in one coat, and black doors in two. It was also easy to work with and gave a very nice uniform finish.

  47. Terry Miller says:

    Our one line choice would be SW PM 200, Scott.

    • Benjamin Moore. If I can distinguish between residential and commercial, Regal Select and Ultraspec 500.
      If I can’t then Regal Select would be my across the board.

    • Scott Burt says:

      Thank you, Terry

    • This would be a good all around line with a great price point

      • Scott Burt says:

        Good point, Aaron. We didn’t put a price range or limit on it, partly out of curiosity about what painters would choose if price was no object. So far, results include higher priced products like Aura, and lower priced like PM200. We are going to do a comprehensive write up of the results in a few weeks and take a look at that. For now, yes, I am hoping that people think in terms of best value all around product that could potentially do it all. We really appreciate all of the contractors who are providing input. It is time for those “Consumer” publications to no longer be considered the go to resource for info about good paints.

        • Mike says:

          Amen on that Scott!
          Painting involves a lot more than putting two coats on a 3×5 card and sticking it out in the Sun for a few years!
          Paint acts very differently when on large surfaces, and according to a rep I know, the “load” on building materials can make a difference as well.
          I love this forum. So glad I found it!

  48. Jeff Huff says:

    For my one and only line, I would choose Aura. I would use the Matte on ceilings, but in a bathroom, Bath and Spa is King for walls and ceilings. I appreciate Aura for its adhesion and “priming” ability in certain applications, coupled with it’s fast coalescing and return to service, its worthy for top spot. I also trust it as a proven exterior paint and I find it easy to sell its benefits to clients.

  49. Matt says:

    Ppg Silken touch. Great spread. Great coverage. Self priming. Competitively priced.

  50. My vote would be for C2 Paints Luxe line. Beautiful paint in full spectrum colors and the durability is great. Wish it were more widely available, but worth searching out.
    I have to give a shout out to the Aura line from Ben Moore. It’s still a little tricky to work with, but a very good product once it is on. Ben Moores pricing is getting a bit ridiculous and with many of their lines, i think similar quality is available for better prices from other manufacturers.

  51. Dan says:

    Due to ease of application and finished appearance….cashmere. It can be applied faster than bm products…not sure why? Great history and user-friendly wheni have to be competitive and productive.

  52. Ethan Wirt says:

    Aura, if it were carried by SW, and priced like promar 200 would be the real triple threat! Enjoy reading your stuff Scott

  53. Nichole Lovett says:

    Mythic Paint is my favorite but since I can’t get it anymore without driving 40 miles (which kind of defeats the purpose of trying to be environmentally conscience) I guess I’d go with Regal Select.

    p.s. Can’t you find a bigger logo Kremsreiter? I can barely make it out. šŸ˜‰

  54. Kent Brobeck says:


  55. Pat says:

    I would have to say Regal Select – Aura is great but difficult on large ceilings when dealing with sheen’s

  56. Steve says:

    Hi Scott, feathers were ruffled regarding Purdy I see, They need to make better brushes..Cashmere all the way, durable, different sheens, fair price.

    • Scott Burt says:

      Ha, yes Steve, we do evoke response around here! Again, like Purdy, just didn’t enjoy the experience of that particular one. Thanks for voting on the paint, Cashmere is getting quite a few votes so far. Cheers.

  57. Dean Veltman says:

    I would have to go with Aura.

  58. Thomas Bader says:


  59. Brian says:

    Rodda Paint Unique

  60. Tim Haggerty says:

    Ben Moore Regal Select

  61. Brian Sullivan says:

    SW Cashmere line covers the bases as the Med Lustre is actually a semi-gloss and brushes very nice, and the Matte, Pearl and Lo-Lustre cover all the bases sheen wise and would be my choice. If I had to use one line of one supplier.

  62. This isn’t all that easy of a question to answer. Each product line from all of the different manufacturers serves a unique purpose and customer. After reading through some of the comments I am asking myself what would I choose if cost wasn’t a factor and there were no other options? I lean toward Aura for many reasons, but I still feel as a product line it misses a few applications if it was all I had to use. We are definitely lucky to have all the options we have and the ability to choose which product will serve each project the best.

  63. Chuck says:

    I love Satin Impervo or Glyptex for oil . SW demo’d me a gallon of Emerald and I have to say I like it. I was a Promar200/Superpaint guy forever. I also love Pro Classic Enamel also for waterborne trim finish.

  64. jim hudson says:

    Here in Phx. AZ my favorite is Dunn-Edwards Suprema in the eggshell finish.

  65. Nick says:

    Sherwin Willliams ProMar 200 Zero VOC

  66. Allsup Painting LLC says:

    Regal Select is my choice.
    Hands down one of the best paints on the market

  67. Eric LaBelle says:

    Regal Select is my choice.

  68. Gabe Ewing says:

    I had to think about this. I narrowed it down to Regal Select.

  69. Heidi Nyline says:

    Benjamin Moore Aura.

  70. Darcy says:

    Rodda Paint’s Lasyn

  71. Terry says:

    Have to go Regal Select Scott.

  72. Kara Jennex says:

    Well I’m very well torn since oil has been removed from the market here in western Canada. Just recently I had the opportunity to use Benjamin Moore Advance and found it wonderful to spray (390 finish pro) and brush. For walls it’s a toss up with Sherwin opulence or Benjamin Moore kitchen and bath mate. The issue is paint reps and home owners kind of predict the future of products. If I had it my way I would love to have all of these paint formulas under one label but we know this would never happen. Oh PVA from sherwin is by far the best primer. It sands between coats to a smooth finish (bare drwall) I have not found a primer yet I’m thrilled with for existing paint surfaces. Ceilings really any flat will do. Thanks for asking a very good question

    • Scott Burt says:

      Thanks Kara…so if you had to choose one line for all interior surfaces, would it be Advance? (keep in mind you could use it in different sheens)

      • Kara Jennex says:

        Well I have not thought of using advance for all surfaces. You know I have thought about one day to buying sheets of drywall and testing all sorts of finishs rolling and spraying.
        The reson I like advance is because it’s the first paint i can sand the next day with no issues, it dose not gum up on the sand paper witch is a big plus in my books

  73. Don says:

    valspar semi

  74. Chris Nelson says:

    Regal select if I had a choice, since I don’t, Manor Hall

  75. Elliot Prey says:

    Regal Select

  76. Mike Pope says:

    I use Miller Paint which is a local brand here in the Pacific Northwest. For me, the answer is easy. Miller Paint’s “Evolution” It’s Miller’s top of the line paint. They have an interior version and an exterior version. Both are awesome products. If I had to go with a national brand like Sherwin-Williams, I would go with “Resilience on exteriors and probably “Casmire” on interior work

  77. perrytradesman says:

    Scott I no longer am following you and after the the comments you posted about Purdy brush company i feel you have made a platform by which you unfairly are saying things that maybe damaging to people or there company(s)
    Just by way of background for me I started my career in the painting industry when i was about 20 years old I am now 53
    I have had my C-33 license for over 14 years i graduated from the PDCA 3 year Apprenticeship course in 1991 (attended in 1989 1990 1991) I am a member of the PDCA & PDCC
    a teachers AIDE at the ROP adult education construction class in northern California
    Perry owner of Tradesman Painting Lic.778435

  78. Brad says:

    Rodda Paint’s Lasyn line!

  79. Tim Nugent says:

    Ben Moore

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