Benjamin Moore Waterborne Satin Impervo (314)

Written by on December 16, 2018 in Interior Paints, Product Reviews with 3 Comments

While we grew up with the oil based formulation, Benjamin Moore Waterborne Satin Impervo has become like a favorite old comfortable pair of sneakers to us. We use many trim paints for different situations, but when a customer specifies Ben Moore paints for their project, 314 is the trim paint we use.

User Friendly

waterborne satin impervoIt would be hard to find a trim paint that is easier to use for painters of all levels. Waterborne Satin Impervo is the perfect viscosity for spreading on trim of all types, whether in a repaint or original coating scenario.

Available in 1 and 2 bases, you can pretty easily accommodate most trim color needs that are whites and pastels.

Waterborne Satin Impervo flows well off the brush and levels with the look of an oil. Open time, the amount of time you have to work with the paint, is very reasonable. Like any trim paint with a sheen, though, don’t over brush it or it can become flashy. Best method is to lay it out and leave it, sighting down your work as you proceed.

Brushes and Sprays

waterborne satin impervoWe have said it many times in the assessment of paints and primers, but it bears repeating.

It is really nice to have one product that can be delivered by either brush or sprayer, because there are so many times on jobs when it is necessary to do both.

We spray Waterborne Satin Impervo with both HVLP and air assisted airless sprayers. It does not require thinning, and can be sprayed on the heavy side because it lays down and levels so well.

Durability and Performance

While not a hard coat, like a true cabinet finish, Waterborne Satin Impervo is definitely up to the general wear and tear needs of a good trim paint. It holds up well to high traffic areas such as doors and baseboards. With a pleasing glow in its satin sheen, 314 is easy to touch up when needed and does not flash excessively.

waterborne satin impervoThis is a 100% acrylic latex enamel, so it will not develop the dinghy yellow hue that the previous oil based formulation was known for over time. This means it will stay looking good with true color representation for longer. As a flexible coating, it is much less likely to turn brittle and crack as well.

Generally, and depending upon temperature, 314 will dry to touch within 2 hours. Plan on a recoat time of 6-8 hours, driven by your interior climate.


When building a multiple coat system with Waterborne Satin Impervo, light sanding in between coats is a good idea. Do this by stepping your grits up in the sanding between each coat. For example, sand at 180 after primer, 220 after first coat of paint and 320 prior to final coat (in a 3 coat system). The product sands smooth…does not clump or load the abrasives. This allows the next coat to glide and lay down clean.

waterborne satin impervoConsistency

Unlike many products over the past decade, this one doesn’t seem to have been messed with by its manufacturer. It works today just as well as it did in previous years.

While not technically a low VOC product (weighs in at 135 g/l), there is no offensive odor during use or off-gas aroma during drying.

That is the kind of consistency that pros and casual users need in a trim paint. We all want predictability in painting.

What have your experiences been with Benjamin Moore Waterborne Satin Impervo 314?

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  1. Jackie Stephens says:

    Can I apply water based satin Impervo by B Moore on top of an oil base without sanding? I’m not sure what our baseboards/trim previously had on them, but I am assuming oil base. They are not high gloss.

  2. nas20 says:


    I’m currently looking to redo the trim and doors throughout my house (DIYer). I don’t know exactly what is under all the layers, but there’s brushstrokes galore in a latex paint on top and various smooth probably oil (possibly/probably leaded) below in the areas I have sanded.

    My goal is to take off the top layer of latex to rid the brush strokes, and then scuff sand below, prime, scuff sand again with a finer grit, and top coat 2-3 layers presumably as you’ve stated above. I will be rolling/brushing or just brushing everything.

    For primer, I’ve read a lot of good things for leveling and sandability for Zinsser BIN and BM Fresh Start Enamel Underbody (217). I know you’ve also previous suggested the 046 as well as a SW primer. I don’t anticipate high tannins but I will need to block out tan/med brown paint below as we’re going to BM Chantilly Lace or Cloud White.

    For topcoat I’m debating between WB Satin Impervo and Advance. Have you found either to be easier to apply, especially for a DIYer brushing (and maybe rolling to apply)? The comparatively shorter open time of the 314 and cure time are attractive I think assuming i levels and hardens adequately which your article above suggests. Plus it shouldn’t yellow.

    Any other thoughts/tips are welcome. I’ve got a couple pieces of practice trim to try first before I do the real thing.


  3. Hi Scott, where is the Satin Impervo available in the US? We can’t get it any longer in Canada. It’s amazing paint! Any info you have would be most appreciated!
    Janet Courtney
    JC Interiors

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