Scuff-X water resistant

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.

Natura paint in bathroom

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!