The difference between an okay paint job and a professional looking paint job is actually smaller than you might think. Product and technique are the main differences. If you head over to our Choosing The Right Tools section you'll find some good tips for getting the right tools. Our in store paint associates are also here to help you get the right product for your project, so that's half of the equation.  We can also give you some great advice about painting, but watching someone actually doing it while they demonstrate the process is even better.

   Like all things, paint technology is ever changing. What this means for the consumer is that today's latex paints are more durable, go on smoother, level better than latex paints did in the past, and are more environmentally friendly as well.

   If you have lots of painting experience you may need to modify your painting technique a little bit for today's much faster drying low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints. Aura in particular has a very fast dry time (60 minutes to recoat). One of the great features of Aura, in addition to the excellent durability, hide, and leveling that makes your finished project look fantastic is the one hour recoat time that makes it possible to be done painting and get your room back in service much quicker than with traditional paints. It does require a slightly different painting technique because of the dry time though. Don't panic, it's not much of a change. If you have experience painting you've probably been told to keep a "wet edge" when cutting in. What this means is that when cutting in around windows, doors, trim, and the ceiling you need to cut in a small area of the room and then switch to rolling the wall so you're always painting wet on wet. The reason for this is to avoid what's called picture framing, which is a visible line that can occur when wet paint overlaps dry paint. With Aura this is unnecessary, and actually not advised, you do all of your cutting in and then do all of your rolling. Aura hides and covers so well that picture framing isn't an issue, so you can be much more efficient by not having to worry about going back and forth between cutting in and rolling.

   With any paint you want to avoid overworking it. If you go back over paint as it is starting to set up and dry you will add texture and roller marks. With any good quality, high solids paint you should apply paint to an area with the least amount of rolling or brushing possible and leave it alone to level and dry. After painting a section of wall, reloading your roller, and painting your next section of wall you will want to go back into the previous section a little bit to blend them together. This is called back rolling, and half a rollers width to one rollers width is sufficient to blend the areas together. Back rolling any further is unnecessary and likely to add texture as the paint is starting to set-up.

   The videos below will show you how to get the best results with whatever type of paint you decide to use.



Most paints fit in this category. In this video they happen to be using Regal Select, but the techniques are applicable to most paints


ADVANCE® Waterborne Interior Alkyd Paint is Benjamin Moore's premium cabinet and trim paint. ADVANCE offers the application and performance of traditional oil paint in a waterborne formula that cleans up with soap and water. It is a 100% alkyd formula water-dispersible alkyd developed with proprietary new resins that keep VOCs low even after tinting. It flows and levels like a traditional alkyd with the extended open-time required to achieve high-end finishes.

For this one we added a second video. In one they demonstrate painting cabinets and in the other one they do a door. It's worth watching both, there's some good tips in both.