Benjamin Moore Waterborne Satin Impervo (314)

Written by on December 16, 2018 in Interior Paints, Product Reviews with 1 Comment

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.

Sanding

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?

Please share in the comments section below!

Scott Burt

Scott Burt is a contractor and freelance writer whose column "From the Field" has appeared in American Painting Contractor magazine (www.paintmag.com) 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. 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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