Editor's Review: The Future of Paint?
review date: January 1, 2008
When I cut in a room, I work slowly and methodically, hoping to get the job done in one pass even if I have to roll the walls twice. I found that Aura, a new paint from Benjamin Moore, was easy to load onto my 2-1/2-in. sash brush, but the paint set up quicker than I was used to. One brush stroke too many, and I was taking the paint off the wall. After I got a feel for the paint, though, I moved around the room quickly.
Unlike when I'm cutting in, I roll quickly. In one room, I had to use a 3/8-in.-nap roller cover to get paint into the grooves of some paneling. Even with the roller and my speedy pace, there was no roller spray on the baseboard (or on my shirt). The Aura rolled on evenly, and the bead of paint usually left by the roller disappeared.
Benjamin Moore says that Aura is scrubbable in all finishes and that it is eco-friendly. I didn't test the first claim, and the latter is based strictly on the fact that Aura meets VOC regulations. I can say, however, that the minimal odor is definitely a plus.
Editor Test Results:
|Manufacturer's Web Site
|Manufacturer's Phone Number