A recent change to Benjamin Moore’s product lines has us taking a closer look to the real differences between these zero VOC paint options.

If you’ve ever done any kind of painting, you’re familiar with the rules: keep windows open and the air circulating, wear a mask or protective gear for the fumes, and leave the area to cure by itself for 24-48 hours. This is the process with most paints that contain VOC, or Volatile Organic Compounds. 

What is a Volatile Organic Compound?

While not just found in paint, Volatile Organic Compounds (also known as VOCs) are chemicals that evaporate into the air at room temperature, causing pollution.

When it’s particularly hot out, however, VOCs react with nitrogen oxides to create smog. These chemical gases can come from car exhaust, gas-powered equipment, building materials, and of course, paint. 

When people come into contact with “too many” VOCs, symptoms can range from irritation in the eye, nose, and throat, dizziness, headaches, memory issues, and visual disturbances. It’s suspected that long time exposure can also cause cancer, which is good to know, but pretty scary.

Zero VOC Paints from Benjamin Moore

As a conscious company, Benjamin Moore strives to create VOC-free paints to protect their customers from unnecessary harm.

For those that love to paint with the lowest amounts of toxic fumes, Benjamin Moore’s lines of zero VOC paints have been a blessing (and are readily available at your paint supply Kahului location here at Da Kine Paints). When reviewing their current paint lines, however, as of March 1, 2021, Benjamin Moore decided it’s best discontinue Natura and suggested Eco Spec as the main “green” paint in the catalog. Let’s break down the differences between them.

Benjamin Moore Eco Spec vs Natura: A Side-by-Side Comparison

Eco SpecNatura
Available in thousands of colors.Available in thousands of colors.
Available in Flat, Eggshell and Semi-Gloss finishes.Available in Flat, Eggshell and Semi-Gloss finishes. (Note: Flat finish was special order at our location.)
Available in gallon size.Available in quart or gallon sizes.
Zero VOCZero VOC
Zero EmissionsZero Emissions
CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®
100% Acrylic100% Acrylic
Quick-drying for same-day return to serviceQuick return to service
Spatter-resistantSpatter-resistant
Engineered with Gennex® Color TechnologyEngineered with Gennex® Color Technology
Green Seal CertifiedProvides a durable, washable film
Excellent touch-upSelf-priming on most surfaces

What’s the difference? 

After looking closer, these two paint choices are eerily similar, though there are a few marked differences:

AVAILABILITY: Since Benjamin Moore Natura has been discontinued as of March 1, 2021, it will be harder and harder to find. If you’re doing a small project, you could probably get away with using some Natura paint, but we’d highly recommend using Eco Spec because if you need more in the future, you know it’ll be available. You can get any of these high-quality paints right at your local Maui paint store—Da Kine Paints in Kahului.

PRICE: Fortunately, the more inexpensive of the two paints is the one that’s sticking around—Eco Spec. For an affordable paint job with no fumes or harmful chemicals, a gallon (or more) of this paint will coat your wall but won’t break the bank.

GREEN SEAL CERTIFICATION
Only Eco Spec earned this title, which means that its VOC output never exceeds 50 grams per liter for flat paint and 100 grams per liter for non-flat paints. It also means that this high-quality paint is helping reduce toxic pollution by meeting strict sustainability standards. Learn about other eco-friendly paints at Green Seal’s website.

ASTHMA AND ALLERGY FRIENDLY

Both paint choices earn this title and it’s worth explaining. These Maui paint options had to pass strict standards to be awarded this certification. Here’s a bit about their process:

  • VOCs: specialists paint a sample surface and measure the VOCs released over 14 days
  • Paint performance: paints should cover, dry in a reasonable time, and be able to be cleaned without breaking down
  • Ingredient review: a chemical assessment of all elements in the paint, watching for any potentially irritating chemicals above a comfortable level

Once a paint has passed these three requirements, they are eligible for certification.

Both paint choices are the perfect choice for indoor spaces since they have no fumes during or after painting. Natura is the ideal choice for a bathroom, with mildew resistance and an easy-to-clean surface. 

Check out our helpful article on using Natura paint in the bathroom.

Why was the Natura line discontinued?

We all know that the bottom line is one of the main reasons decisions are made in business. With Benjamin Moore Eco Spec vs Natura, the company had two nearly identical products (as shown by the chart above). 

With Eco Spec showing to be the favorite among consumers (and the fact that Natura had to be produced in a separate facility), it only made sense to drop Natura in favor of Eco Spec as the main “Green Paint” in the line. 

The Natura line will continue to be sold at locations that have extra stock, but Eco Spec will be leading the future of zero VOC Benjamin Moore paints.

Are Benjamin Moore Eco Spec and Natura self-priming?

Natura is the only self-priming paint in this fight, but Eco Spec has a wonderful zero VOC primer that will make the perfect base for your new project. A second coat is highly recommended for both paints for full coverage.

What is low VOC vs zero VOC? 

There’s a bit of misinformation out there about these differences, so let’s clear it up. There’s always a lot of legality around these terms, so be sure to do your research first.

LOW VOC: This means that the paint has less VOC than “common” paints, so it’s only low in comparison to paints that typically have high VOC. This isn’t as big of an issue if you’re doing exterior painting, but any sort of interior paint should be truly zero VOC if you have the option.

ZERO VOC: These choices have no VOCs BUT do note that some brands and some colors may add colorants that do contain VOCs, making the paint low-VOC instead of zero. Benjamin Moore uses a patented Gennex colorant that contains no VOCs, making thousands of safe colors to use in your home.

Where can I get zero VOC paint on Maui?

Da Kine Paints is the place to go for VOC-free paint on Maui. Benjamin Moore carries “green paint” lines like Eco Spec, Natura, and Aura. All these paints use the Gennex Colorant, which contains no VOCs, making bright, beautiful colors that will last, but won’t smell as you’re putting it on. When your project requires a big paint supply Kahului store, Da Kine Paints has you covered. 

A fun Maui paint story we heard about was a teacher who was in his office at UHMC as it was being painted with VOC-free paint. He said he didn’t smell anything, and it didn’t bother him at all. This is the amazing thing that zero VOC paint can do—bring freedom to when and where you can paint.

What colors does zero VOC paint come in?

With the patented Gennex Colorant (which is zero VOC), you can choose from thousands of colors without sacrificing your “green paint” status. 

More questions? Reach out to your local paint supply Kahului location of Da Kine Paints and we’ll do whatever we can to find you the right paint for your next project.

Benjamin Moore Paint Coverage

Measure your area not once but twice before buying paint.

You’ve probably heard the old saying, “you can’t paint a room until you measure it.” Well, we feel the same way. Measuring before you start painting your walls or ceilings is the best way to keep from over (or worse, under) buying paint. Will you need more than a quart of paint coverage? More than a gallon?

Paint coverage of a high-quality gallon is usually about 400 square feet. That means that a quart of paint coverage is around 100 square feet (a quart is a quarter of a gallon). One thing to keep in mind is that each paint choice will spread a little differently. Get to know our different Benjamin Moore paint lines before diving in. 

Pick a Line, Any Line
Just make sure the product matches the job.

Paint coverage is one of the most important factors when it comes to painting. Our paint supply Kahului store of Da Kine Paints offers a wide range of colors and finishes that are guaranteed to cover well and give you a beautiful, long-lasting look. We have something for every part of your home—indoors, outdoors, or art projects! The Aura line sparkles with bold, long-lasting color. Our exterior paint selections are perfect for your siding or deck. ARBORCOAT, our well-known wood stain line protects against moisture damage on wood surfaces. Primer creates an even surface, so the coats of color on top come out smooth. Let’s learn how much coverage you get in a quart from each category.

Benjamin Moore Paint Coverage

These high-quality choices can cover a lot with just one quart.

Aura

A bold paint for making colorful first impressions.

Our Aura Maui paint covers approximately 100 square feet with a quart. 

That’s perfect for bringing a pop of color to some trim, a piece of furniture, or a work of art on the back fence. Make sure you have enough for the recommended two coats for the best coverage! 

Aura Interior Paint makes walls, ceilings, cabinets, and trim inside homes or offices absolutely glow since there are no gray or black pigments in this renowned paint line. Aura Exterior paint is the best protection against harsh weather conditions, like rain, snow, and salt spray from the tropical ocean air. Aura Bath & Spa is a custom line made just for high-humidity spaces with mildew resistance, zero VOCs, and the patented Gennex technology that keeps paint looking fresh.

Exterior Paint

Protect your home and pick from exterior lines that resist cracking and fading.

We carry a few lines of exterior paint, but most quarts cover a little more than 100 feet (since a gallon covers 400 square feet). 

This is perfect for a small fence or deck project . Our exterior lines include Aura, Regal Select, and Ultra Spec®. As mentioned above, Aura is great for bright colors, but Regal Select, Benjamin Moore’s flagship brand for over 60 years, is easy to apply with smooth leveling and looks fresh for years with mildew and stain resistance. Got a rough surface like aluminum, stucco, concrete, or vinyl? The Regal Select line is the best choice for the job. The Ultra Spec® line is perfect for any run-of-the-mill job or lower-budget project that still needs great paint. All lines come in thousands of colors and we can match any color you have if you bring a paint chip into Da Kine Paints your paint supply Kahului store.

ARBORCOAT

With oil and latex-based stains, we’ve got your wood surfaces covered.

Because ARBORCOAT is a stain, it stretches further than acrylic. You can get about 150 square feet of coverage from one quart, depending on how many coats you’re using. One gallon covers 500-600 square feet.

Whether you’re looking to color or protect some wood (inside or outside your home), ARBORCOAT has all your bases covered. It comes in both oil and latex forms to give you the tools you need for the job you have. We also offer an extra high gloss finish for unmatched protection against damage from moisture, which is great for those living in tropical climates (yeah, you!). Benjamin Moore recommends at least three coats when using ARBORCOAT on wood surfaces to fully guard against moisture damage, while still providing a shiny, beautiful finish.  

Primer

Prep your surface well before your next coat goes on.

A quart of Benjamin Moore primer will cover around 100 square feet (yes, a gallon is around 400 square feet), but the more you put down, the better.

It’s important to use a primer to make a smooth, flat surface before you put your color on, to cover up any imperfections. Our primers include Fresh Start® Premium Interior and Exterior, Sure Seal™ Latex Primer, which is like glue from the paint to the surface (and bonus—low VOCs). Whether you have an interior or exterior job, using a primer is a sure way to ensure a smooth painting surface for that color you thought about for so long. 

PAINT BY NUMBER

Calculate your Benjamin Moore paint coverage needs here.

The thing is each paint is going to coat each surface differently. One of the best ways to calculate how much paint you’ll need is by using the incredibly helpful Paint Estimator. Just type in the length, width, and height of the area as well as any windows or doors (we love this feature!) and click “Calculate” to get your results. You can even print your recommendation to bring into your local paint supply Kahului store, Da Kine Paints.

Benjamin Moore paint coverage FAQs

What is the best type of Benjamin Moore Paint? 

Our well-known top-of-the-line paint is the Aura line, which comes in a wide variety of colors with greater coverage and excellent hiding power, so it’s an obvious choice if you want to create depth and dimension or make dramatic color changes to a part of your home.

How much coverage does one quart of Benjamin Moore paint give? 

A quart of paint coverage usually covers about 100 square feet, depending on how many coats you use and the way you apply it. Most gallons cover approximately 400 square feet. It’s always better to overbuy than underbuy paint—if you have extra, you can get creative with furniture or trim!

What is the coverage of Benjamin Moore ARBORCOAT? 

ARBORCOAT stains are great for protecting and adding color to unpainted surfaces. One gallon can coat 500-600 square feet! ARBORCOAT provides a protective layer, a nice sheen, and can be used on a huge variety of wood types and surface textures. Great for gazebos, decks, and hand-crafted wood projects.

How do I get the most paint coverage?

Really, by prepping everything ahead of time, including sanding surfaces, laying down tarps, getting high-quality brushes, rollers, and paint, the rest is a cinch. If you’re trying to make your quart stretch, use a brush instead of a roller, as rollers soak up a lot of paint. Try using just a bit on the end of your brush and work quickly with even strokes. Let dry fully and enjoy the new look!

Ever heard about Benjamin Moore paints with Gennex® technology?

Advancements in the paint industry are evolving at a rapid pace and while it is hard to keep up on all the new trends, we are here to help guide the way. From Aura Color Stores, which includes extra pigments (without black or gray) for bolder colors, to patented formulas that keep your fresh coat looking fresh for years, Benjamin Moore is at the forefront of innovation. This article will walk you through some of the most impressive developments from Benjamin Moore and explain the differences between them. 

Just about a decade ago, Benjamin Moore paint with Gennex® technology was born. It was found that some ingredients, like Universal Tinting Colorant, would cause paints to fade and look worse over a short period of time. With a passion for creating long-lasting Benjamin Moore paint types, they introduced, Gennex®, a new formula with colorants that last—and look good.

How Does Gennex® Work?

Most paints on the market require certain chemicals, including one or more surfactants, or wetting agents, to help with the ease of use and color, as well as the flow and leveling of the paint once it is all dried. These same chemicals have been found to make paint weak, affecting the quality and durability, especially in dark colors. Benjamin Moore paints with Gennex® technology changed all of that with waterborne colorants and without unnecessary ingredients that weaken paint. 

Gennex® Paint Provides:

  • Consistent Quality: You can choose any color from the Benjamin Moore paint types in their catalog and be more than happy with the results—long after the paint has dried. The deepest colors are tested and proven to be just as durable as the whites. 
  • Superior Hide: Extreme color changes, stains, and other imperfections can make it hard to do a smooth paint job in fewer coats. Gennex® gives you the coverage you need with just two coats, making jobs easier on your body and your wallet.
  • Stable Viscosity: With stability threatening UTCs in most paints, they can become watery, or even too thick, making brush and roller flow a pain. Gennex® makes sure that Benjamin Moore paints keep the perfect texture for painting–no matter the color.
  • Exterior Excellence: Gennex® colorants help exterior paints last outside in every color. Combine our bold-colored Aura® Exterior paints with Gennex® colorants for extreme protection against the harshest weather.
  • Zero-VOC and Low Odor: Sticking to The Green Promise®, Benjamin Moore offers a huge range of zero-VOC paints with low odor. They even stay zero-VOC after being tinted with Gennex® waterborne colorants—you can’t say the same for paints with Universal Tinting Colorant.

What are the different types of paint?

If you’re just starting out in the paint world, it can be overwhelming once you get into the details. What’s the difference between a primer and a top coat? We’re here to give you the basics and explain the different Benjamin Moore paint types you can get and what you’d need them for. 

There are three main categories of paint:

Architectural: Decorate and Protect
This includes interior and exterior paint for homes, offices, hotels, hospitals, and public spaces.

Industrial: Ultimate Protection
This includes paint utilized to protect metal structures from rust, wear and tear, and weather. Also, industrial paint is used to color-code pipes, to paint bridges, steel, railings, and factories.

Special Purpose: Appliances, Cars, Roads
This category includes paint for appliances, like your fridge or freezer, spray paint, car paint, and marine paint. Besides traffic paint, most special purpose paint is used for protection.

Since you are most likely working with “architectural” paint, we’ll get into the subcategories, so you’ll know exactly what you’re looking for when you visit Da Kine Paints, your Kahului paint supply store on Maui.

Exterior Paint: This type of paint protects the surface from damaging factors such as UV rays, water, and other elements. It’s designed for use in outdoor environments where it will be exposed to harsh weather conditions. Benjamin Moore paints with Gennex® technology are made to resist fading while also protecting against chipping and peeling that can happen over time because of sun exposure. Exterior paint is used for outdoor surfaces that are more exposed to direct sunlight & rain, such as walls and trim in a yard or house exterior so they stay bold and vibrant longer without losing their color over time.

Interior Paint: Typically used on walls, ceilings, or other surfaces inside a home (such as woodwork or furniture pieces) that don’t get much direct sunlight, interior paints are usually more washable than exterior paint so they’re easier to maintain and touch up when necessary. 

Stain: A stain is a type of paint that can be used to color wood trim and furniture, which doesn’t require priming, though you can use a stain on wood that’s already been primed with an oil-based primer. A lot of people will start by staining to protect their furniture and later go back over it with paint, which provides more durability for the piece in the long run. 

Primer: A primer is the first coat you apply to any surface before painting it, which helps the next coat stick to the surface. Primers are usually made from acrylics and/or silicone compounds that are designed to form a sort of “shield” over the surface you’re applying it to. This works by filling in any imperfections or cracks within its structure, so they don’t show through when painted. 

Benjamin Moore Paint Grades Explained

When we’re talking about the “grade” of paint, we mean the different product lines and quality levels of paint that a manufacturer creates. By the end of this article, we’ll have all of the Benjamin Moore paint grades explained and discuss the different reasons you’d use each one.

Top Quality: Aura
Bright, true colors, extreme hide, smooth leveling, and long-lasting paint.

This choice is one of the most high-quality paints on the market. Aura is a very bold, thick, durable paint with a mildew-resistant coating and extreme hide that only gets better with each coat. You can even skip the primer, as Aura is self-priming and zero-VOC, keeping fumes from crashing your painting party. A gallon can cover a whopping 350 to 400 square feet, making the price difference worth it on many levels. If you’re redoing your bathrooms, there’s even a special mildew-resistant bath & spa version. Choose from thousands of perfectly bright (or tasteful) colors with all the regular finishes: matte, eggshell, satin, and semi-gloss for your interior projects.

Next Up: Regal Select
Perfect for any in-home job with zero-VOCs, mildew resistance, and easy cleaning.

One of the other lines available is the Regal Select line, an acrylic paint and primer with a mildew-resistant coating. This line is a bit below the price point of the Aura line, but it’s still a high quality, zero-VOC paint and available in most places. Regal Select is another one of the highest-quality paints on the market and is best used for home improvement projects that involve wood, masonry, drywall, plaster, or non-ferrous metals. The finished product is easy to keep clean with soap and water and covers 400 to 450 square feet, which is better coverage than Aura.

ben® Waterborne Interior Paint
Self-priming, low-odor paint great for home improvement projects.

If you have a big project and not a lot of resources, ben® Waterborne Interior Paint, a premium-quality acrylic latex paint, is a great choice for a self-priming, zero-VOC low-odor paint with a protective mildew-resistant coating. Choose from a flat, eggshell, or semi-gloss finish for all sorts of home improvement projects. Coming in at about half the price of Aura, this paint covers 400-450 square feet for comparable coverage with Regal Select.

ADVANCE® Interior Paint
A premium quality, durable, high-end finish ideal for doors, trim, and cabinets. 

ADVANCE® is Benjamin Moore’s waterborne alkyd coating, which is different (and better) than conventional alkyd coatings (used for smooth finishes on doors and cabinets). With the benefits of both its competitors—latex and oil paint, ADVANCE® gives you the desired flow and leveling you’d expect from oil-based paints with the easy soap and water cleanup of latex-based paints. Plus, with the industry-changing Gennex® zero-VOC colorant system, even the darkest colors keep low levels of VOCs. You get the most coverage from this gallon at 400-500 square feet.

Ask Da Kine Paints for Help

Do you still want to have Benjamin Moore paint grades explained? Or do you have any other questions about an upcoming painting job? We’d be happy to help you out— by phone at (808) 871-9381 or in person at your friendly Kahului paint supply store in Maui.

Ways to Seal Aura Paint

Sealing your new paint job is a cinch, with the right tools. We’ll get into that in a bit, but if you haven’t yet heard about Benjamin Moore’s Aura paint, you’re missing out. A lot of research went into creating a paint that has low-VOC, is long-lasting, and has extremely good coverage—all with bright, long-lasting colors. There are a ton of reasons why Aura paint is a very popular choice for any area—interior or exterior. And why you should use a sealant to protect your paint’s integrity.

Why seal your paint?

Adding a layer of protection with a sealant means easy clean-up, longer-lasting paint, and a beautiful, subtle shine. When you’re thinking about areas that get a lot of use, like a kitchen, bathroom, or pieces of furniture, you’ll benefit greatly from taking the time to add a coat of sealant after your paint has fully dried. “Sealant” can mean two coats of paint, or using a product like Stays Clear sealant on interior jobs to keep heavily-used areas looking fresh. Now, onto Aura paint instructions for long-lasting paint jobs.

Paint in Layers

Have you ever seen someone who applies fresh coats of paint over old, bare paint and ends up needing to do it over and over again due to chipping, peeling, and painting over wet layers? It’s super ineffective and awful for the environment. Avoid the hassle and paint it right the first time, every time. Here are some tips to keep your paint job looking fresh for years.

  • Drastic Change? Prime it. If you’re totally changing the color of a room or the exterior of your house, like a pastel to a dark color or red to white, you’ll want to start with a primer. Though Aura paint has extreme hide, a big change would look best with a base coat.
  • Add color. Once fully dried, you’ll use one of thousands of Aura paint colors to finish your look. Make sure to check out the Aura Color Stories series, full of eye-popping colors perfect for summer. Paint a second coat for transforming, full coverage, and be patient—wait the full drying time in between coats.
  • Seal it in. Apply the Benjamin Moore Stays Clear sealant with a high-quality brush after the final paint has dried to enjoy super long-lasting paint—indoors only. See below for more detailed instructions on sealing.
  • Extra protection. For heavily-used surfaces, like countertops and kitchen tables, sand the last coat of sealant, wipe it down, then add another coat of Stays Clear sealant to finish the job.
  • Easy cleaning. Enjoy the simplicity of being able to wipe off spills, large or small, without damaging your paint. 

Aura Paint Instructions: Sealing Your Paint Job

Sealant options that provide the protection you need for long-lasting, bright colors.

There are a few options to seal your new paint job in to protect it from chips, peeling, and everyday use. Some prefer polyurethane, but that can yellow over time and has high VOCs, which isn’t ideal. Stay Clear is similar but won’t yellow over time.

We’ve heard of people using furniture or paste wax to seal painted chairs and tables, which may work for a desk, but not a busy kitchen table exposed to hungry kids and banging silverware. Wax can also melt if in high heat or near a window with beaming sunlight.

Use this! Whether you’re avoiding ugly brush strokes or want to extend the dry time for interior or exterior paint jobs, our favorite smooth-finish trick is the Benjamin Moore paint extender. It pairs beautifully with Aura paint, leaving bright, solid strokes without unsightly brushstrokes. With smooth application, very low VOC, and proprietary formula that lasts and lasts, this paint extender is one of the best choices on the market.

Sealing Aura Paint: Step-by-Step

To keep your paint looking fresh for years, brush on a life-extending sealant for longer-lasting results and follow these instructions after you finish your paint job. 

Gear Up. Make sure you get all you need before starting. You’ll want a container of Benjamin Moore paint, Stays Clear sealant, a paint tray, high-quality brushes, 220-grit sandpaper/blocks, a drop cloth or tarp, and a cloth for wiping sanded surfaces clean. Read all instructions and labels thoroughly!

  1. Dry and Smooth: After placing your drop cloth and your last coat of paint has reach the recommended re-coat time, give the new paint a quick overall sanding with your 220-grit sandpaper and wipe clean.
  2. Gently Stir: Take your brand new, premium paintbrush and gently swirl it around the sealant, but don’t go crazy – you don’t want to paint with bubbles.
  3. Paint Edge to Edge : Starting on one side of the piece of furniture, wall, or item, work your way from edge to edge in a smooth line, avoiding noticeable brushstrokes. Smooth out drips or bubbles with the edge of the brush while the sealant is still wet. Let everything dry for one to two hours before moving on.
  4. Let Dry and Sand: Sand the dried coat very lightly with your 220-grit sandpaper, just enough to create a rough surface for the next coat of sealant. Remove the sanding dust with a tack cloth.
  5. Final Coat and Cure: Apply the next coat of sealant. Let dry, sand and repeat up to three more times if you’re painting heavily used objects. No need to sand after the final coat, it’ll dry clear, smooth, and enhance your Aura paint with a sleek sheen. Let everything dry overnight and you’re ready to go the next day!
Why is Aura paint a good choice?

This super-premium paint comes in many styles, colors, and applications that work specifically for the job you have in mind. The interior, exterior, and bathroom lines all give you the same easy application, quick dry times, low-VOC, and extreme hide to cover up any imperfections or old paint. 

Take a look at what differentiates each paint and know that you can get nearly any color you want for any of these options. The paint’s patented Color Lock® technology keeps bold colors bright, so maybe it’s time to step on the wild side and go for that accent wall you’ve always dreamed of. 

Aura Paint Provides:

EXTREME HIDE AND SUPER-PREMIUM QUALITY, which means you can get a fresh, smooth look with only one, high-quality coat. 

SMOOTH APPLICATION AND EASY TOUCH UPS with a spatter-free, patented colorant system that gives you a thicker coat of dry film for leveling out little imperfections and avoiding unsightly brush strokes. Get an especially smooth finish by adding some paint extender.

LASTING FINISH AND EASY-TO-CLEAN with Color Lock® technology, this high-quality paint keeps scratches, scuffs, streaking, water spotting, and mildew from ruining your look. Especially when you use a sealant, like Stays Clear, your paint will look fresh for years. 

ZERO-VOC FORMULA FOR CLEAN BREATHING, meeting the strictest environmental standards, Aura also dries quickly, so you can move on to the next coat or the next job—after only one hour.

Why use Aura paint?

With Benjamin Moore’s patented Color Lock® technology, this paint is your number one choice for bright, bold, long-lasting colors to match your home to your vision. This paint even has a special series of colors called the Aura Color Stories, influenced by natural, bright colors and the light in a room. These delightful color choices don’t have black or gray colorants, letting the authentic colors shine through. Most acrylic paints include 2-3 pigments. With 5-7 pigments each (with no black or gray), these paints really pop! If you’re looking to spruce up an area of your home, a front door, a furniture set, or your entire home, Aura will stay true, bright, and cheerful throughout the years.

Is Scuff-X water resistant?

In short, yes. And so much more. Scuff-X, a breakthrough technology from Benjamin Moore, has revolutionized the paint industry in terms of scuff-resistance, durability, and ease of cleaning. Work smarter, not harder—and cover your most used areas with this one-of-a-kind paint.

This is the best paint choice for high-traffic areas that are exposed to a lot of people and near messy areas that need to be cleaned more often than not. Think about places like hospitals, schools, hotel lobbies, fitting rooms, offices and conference rooms, and even playgrounds.

In your own home, however, the clear choice is the kitchen. In a room where you’re regularly using a sink, blenders, pots and pans, and cooking with all sorts of food and spices, you’ll want paint that is known for being easy to clean. Is Scuff-X good for kitchen cabinets? A resounding yes. Imagine accidentally starting the blender with the lid off. With regular paint or wood stain, cleaning the mess would be a pain. With Scuff-X, clean-up is simple and easy—every time.  

Choosing the right paint for your home is imperative, because it’ll be there for years and you don’t want to deal with cracking, chipping, or hard-to-clean paint. When people wonder, “Scuff-X, is it water resistant?” the answer is a clear yes.

Is Scuff-X good for kitchen cabinets?

Kitchens are horrendously messy places. Think about it—three meals a day for everyone living in the house, plus snacks, smoothies, soups, Thanksgiving, birthdays….so many messes. The kitchen is by far the most used place in the house, especially for some families. 

Using the proper paint when crafting your dream kitchen is incredibly important and saves time with cleanup. By using Benjamin Moore Scuff-X paint for your kitchen cabinets, you’re coating heavily used surfaces with easy-to-clean paint.

Scuff-X on kitchen cabinets means that wiping down after spills or kitchen explosions will be much easier. Even just cleaning up after everyday use, like grease from cooking, or fingerprints, will be a cinch to swipe off with a gentle cleaning product and a soft cloth. If you take care of your kitchen cabinets, they will continue to look good and clean like a dream for years.

Scuff-X Specs

If you’re wondering, Scuff-X is it water-resistant? It’s a hearty “yes.” This high-performance coating is a one-component latex paint made just for places that have the messiest, busiest, and most used surfaces. Not only is it an effective paint, but there has been immense research on making sure that it is much better than the competition and solves previous issues with scuff-resistant paint, like short pot-life, pre-mixing, and troubles with application. This low-maintenance paint will look good and will last for years.

Scuff-X is known for its:

  • Proprietary scuff-resistance formula, making kitchen cabinets easy-to-clean
  • Quick dry, so you can see true color sooner and get on to that next coat
  • Great touch-up, for quick cover-up of inevitable kitchen bumps and bangs
  • Spatter resistant for easy, mess-free application
  • Qualification for LEED® v4 credit and CHPS certification
  • Anti-microbial additives that keep mold and mildew at bay

Does Scuff-X Come in All Colors?

Scuff-X paint is available in almost any color you could want with 4 different finishes. Whether you want a neutral, toned down look, or a pop of bright color for your kitchen cabinets, there’s a Scuff-X color for you! Think about what kind of finish you want in your kitchen, depending on the lighting, the color, and your preferences.

  • Ultra Spec SCUFF-X Eggshell provides a nice sheen. 
  • Ultra Spec SCUFF-X Matte is a no-shine solution for your cabinets. 
  • Ultra Spec SCUFF-X Satin adds a lovely shine to any surface.
  • Ultra Spec SCUFF-X Semi-Gloss provides the perfect balance of shine.

How do I paint kitchen cabinets?

With a little research and guidance, you can absolutely re-do your kitchen cabinets yourself and give your kitchen a facelift with Scuff-X. Be sure to read through every step before rolling up your sleeves.

  1. Stock Up on Scuff-X. Stop by your nearest Benjamin Moore retailer (Da Kine Paints if you’re on Maui) and grab the correct amount of Scuff-X paint. Be sure to grab sandpaper (120 and 220 grit), brushes, tarps, and trays, too.
  2. Make Room. Find a large, flat surface (best away from kids and animals and near ventilation). An empty garage covered in tarps is the best choice. Painting outside can be nice, but a little breeze and there’s grass and dust all over your wet paint. Take off everything you’re painting – cabinets doors and drawers and remove any hardware, like handles or knobs.
  3. It’s All in the Prep. Number one – make sure all surfaces are clean and dry. You can dust them with a damp cloth if not too dirty or use a gentle soap with warm water and a sponge to clean thoroughly and allow plenty of time to dry. Then, rough up the smooth surface so the paint doesn’t peel right off. Don’t go crazy – just roughen it up enough for the primer to stick, you don’t need to remove every bit of previous paint or finish. Wipe off with a clean, damp cloth and let dry fully.
  4. Prime Your Surface. Move to your open, flat area with tarps already set up and sand (with 120-grit), wipe and dry. Then prime all surfaces with the primer of your choice, Benjamin Moore’s ADVANCE Primer is a great choice because it gives any paint a great foundation to stick to. Patience is a virtue, as you must wait 24 hours for the primer to dry before moving on to the paint.
  5. Smooth it Out. Hopefully, you bought plenty of sandpaper, as using a fine 120 grit paper to sand all surfaces will provide the smoothest, longest-lasting look for your kitchen cabinets. Focus on any drippy areas or parts where paint has pooled. Wipe again with a clean, damp cloth and give it time to dry 100%. Try wrapping the sandpaper around a small block or hard item to give yourself a flatter surface than your fingers for sanding.
  6. Finally: Painting Time! With the nylon/polyester brush you bought, gently apply the first coat of Scuff-X. Instead of messing up a painting tray, stretch a large rubber band around your can of paint, so the band stretches across the top and you’ll have a place to dip and wipe your brush without gooping up the sides of your can. 

Looking to save time? Try a microfiber or foam brush instead. With coat number one, you want to wait another 24 hours before applying the second coat. Is Scuff-X good for kitchen cabinets? Yes, when it’s applied correctly.

  1. Second Coat, Same as the First. Sand (with 220-grit) and wipe and dry, then paint a second coat on your kitchen cabinets. Once 24 hours has passed, you can put them back up, but 2-3 days of final drying time is highly recommended. Scuff-x is it water resistant? There’s only one way to find out – get out that blender and forget the lid!

Da Kine Paints provides helpful tools for your projects, like a paint calculator to figure out how much you’ll need without having too much or too little leftover for touchups. Also, check out more super helpful step-by-step guides that are available at benjaminmoore.com.

Can you use Natura® paint in the bathroom?

You may have heard of the Benjamin Moore’s “green paint,” Natura®, which is a favorite of our customers for its impressive qualities as a non-toxic paint. If you want to keep toxic emissions and paint out of your home and away from your family, think about using an eco-friendly paint to get the job done. When you’re looking to repaint any room (especially a bathroom), Natura® paint is the greenest choice.

Natura® Paint for the Bathroom

Eco-friendly (and family-friendly). With zero VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and zero emissions,* there are no toxic fumes to inhale in your home after the paint has dried.

Easy to clean. Don’t stress about soap and toothpaste residue with Natura® paint. A sleek coating makes cleaning a cinch and is resistant to moisture.

Paints on smooth. Keep a clean workspace with spatter-resistance. With self-priming, one coat is usually enough. When it’s not (when you’re painting over dark surfaces), there’s a speedy one hour return to service for a recoat.

Any color. With 1000s of colors to choose from, there’s no reason your next paint job shouldn’t be with Natura® non-toxic paint.

* The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has determined that an emission-free or zero-emissions (or VOC) paint claim is valid if the paint has trace levels of emissions six hours or less after application.

What makes Natura® a “green” paint?

Living a “green” lifestyle encompasses doing things for the earth and your family’s future. For example, recycling, driving electric vehicles, and eating foods that are good for our bodies. “Green” or eco-friendly paints are becoming more and more popular in the paint industry for being a non-toxic paint choice. An eco-friendly paint doesn’t have any airborne gases or chemicals that can have negative effects on your health. 

Symptoms of inhaling these toxic chemicals (VOCs) can be anything from headaches to dizziness, visual and respiratory impairment or even memory loss. When you’re transforming a space into somewhere you want to be, you won’t want to be inhaling vapors that can cause any of the above-mentioned symptoms. Choose a “green”  or non-toxic paint, like Natura® from Benjamin Moore, and you won’t be disappointed.

What are VOCs?

The toxic airborne gases mentioned above are called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). When stripping paint or working on a painting project, these compounds can get released into the air, and when inhaled, these gases can cause symptoms like dizziness, headaches, visual and respiratory impairment and memory loss.

This article from the EPA states that the effects of VOCs can be recorded at a 2-5 time higher rate indoors vs outdoors. If you’re stripping paint while working on a home project, studies show that VOC levels can jump exponentially up to 1,000 times higher. The long-term effects aren’t known, but to keep your whole family safe, the best choice is to find a paint with a low or no-VOC rating and keep the area well-ventilated and giving it at least 4-6 hours to fully dry.

Can I use Natura® paint in the bathroom?

Not only can you use it, but Natura® paint is one of the best choices for bathrooms and is a popular non-toxic paint. When thinking about bathroom paint, you want a product that resists moisture (from showers/baths/sink) and can be cleaned off easily (hello electric toothbrush splatter!). In the bathroom, which most likely has the tightest quarters in the house, using a special non-toxic paint is important to keep you and your family safe from toxic fumes. Natura® paint has all the qualities to make it the ideal non-toxic paint to use inside your home.

How do I paint a bathroom?
  1. Pick the Best Paint for your Bathroom 
    1. Since bathrooms are wet places, it’s a good idea to get a paint that will withstand all the moisture. Natura® paint for the bathroom is a solid place to start. With cheaper, lower-quality brands, you’re bound to get streaky, moldy paint after a few steamy showers. Be sure to use a high-quality paint that won’t leach toxic chemicals into the air while you’re trying to get clean.
    2. Also, go for the eggshell or glossy coat. Think about the shower tiles that are glossy and water-resistant. Flat or matte paints don’t do well in bathrooms, since they can’t repel the moisture as well.
  2. Figure Out How Much Paint You Need
    1. With this handy paint calculator, type in the dimensions of your bathroom to figure out how much paint to get. The worst home improvement day is the day you didn’t get enough paint to cover every square inch. It’s also handy to have backup paint for touchups.
  3. Clean Surfaces You’re Going to Paint
    1. Dirty walls can really put a damper on your painting party. It is extremely important to clean the walls before you paint so everything sticks and lasts. Make sure to wash all surfaces that you plan to paint with water and mild soap, unless you’ve got quite a buildup.
    2. Gunk, like soap scum builds up around the bathtub and shower which can be a warning sign for future peeling paint (if you can even get it to stick in the first place). For a cheap and effective cleaning tool, check out Trisodium phosphate, or TSP; this could be considered a miracle cleaning product for painting. Of course, all surfaces need to be 100% dry to prep and paint, so consider splitting cleaning into the first day of a 2- or 3-day job to leave time to clean, prep, paint, and dry.
  4. Remove the Toilet Tank 
    1. It sounds hard to remove a toilet tank, but it’s harder to paint around one (and do a decent job). The hardest spot is the tight space between the tank and the wall. It’s so hard to get into, you’d have to work harder taping the whole thing up and painting carefully around it than just removing the tank for a half day.
    2. Removing a toilet tank may sound icky and hard to do, but it is pretty straightforward. Toilets come in two sections: the top tank and the bowl/base. The messier section is the base, which remains unmoved. Turn off the water supply at the shutoff valve on the wall (righty tighty), flush the toilet to get rid of all the water, then take the tank off with a couple of old towels and place it on the floor to catch any extra water. Try to wait to reattach it after the paint has fully dried if you can wait that long with one less toilet!
  5. Remove Any Other Wall Hangings
    1. Unscrew, dismantle, or unplug anything that might get in the way during painting, For the cleanest paint job possible, unscrew and take off all wall plates (tape the screws on each plate), mirrors, exhaust vents, towel racks, art, or any other items that you can take off easily. Take a photo before to remember where everything goes.
  6. Prep the Area: TAPE, TAPE, TAPE
    1. They say that prep work is the hardest part of painting. If you do a good job taping off mirrors, toilets, bathtubs, and sinks, the cleaner your paint job will look and the happier you’ll be with the results. Tape off the ceiling, trim, backsplash, and other areas that you don’t want to get paint on. Cover the floor with drop cloths and cover the counter well to keep paint from where it shouldn’t be. The nice thing about Natura® paint is the spatter-resistant quality, which keeps paint on the rollers and the walls and nowhere else.
  7. Use the Right Tools and Paint!
    1. You’ll want a shed-resistant roller with a tray and a 2-inch Nylon/Polyester edging brush. Start from the edges with a dry-ish brush to keep from dripping on the edges, then pick up the roller, get a good, even coating, and fill it in! With Natura® non-toxic paint, notice there’s barely any smell, meaning less VOCs while painting. If you’re painting over a dark color, you may need a second coat. Wait at least one hour between coats.
  8. Clean and Finish 
    1. This is the best part! Take off the tape and reveal your hard prep work with clean lines and spotless finish. After the paint has dried (Natura® paint is emission-free in only 4 hours), toss the drop cloths, rinse your tools, and store your extra paint for inevitable touchups. Label your paint can with “Bathroom” clearly so you know which paint is which. Replace all your electrical covers, the toilet tank, towel bars, and anything you took off the walls earlier. Next? Step back and admire your brand new coat of Natura® non-toxic paint!