Best Paint For Your Money

March 15, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Nine times out of ten, when people paint a room, they change the color and plenty of paints now promise they'll cover in one coat.That will save you time and money.

Luciano Suzana painted the walls of this dining room with two coats to give it a fresh new look. Two days and two gallons later, the job was done.

But today paints from Kilz, Behr, Valspar, and others claim you can get one-coat coverage.

Consumer reports paint expert Rico De Paz used this test to check those claims. Consumer reports tests each paint in several colors, along with white. They use a battery of tests to rate each paint. One determines how well paint resists greasy stains and a fade test measures how well it maintains its color in sunny rooms.

In the end, the top rating went to Behr Premium Plus. The $24-dollar-a-gallon home depot Paint is a consumer reports best buy.

While it's not the best choice for a sunny room, as it tends to fade, it does a very good job of covering, even with just one coat.


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