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Old 03-11-2012, 08:43 PM   #1
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Anyone try it yet?

http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/f...C#advs=0&tab=3

I am going to use it on our next NC project and am hoping this will be our new "NC" paint for the future. After several issues with Super Spec we started using BEN while waiting for Ultra to show up in stores for the same price point as Super.

Zero VOC and GENNEX platform as well.
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How do you interpret this?


"Zero-VOC Ultra Spec 500 is a professional-quality interior coating designed to meet the needs of professional painting contractors, facility managers, and property managers."
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I read each word slowly and understand it?
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We used it for brush and roll.
The low sheen is a good choice for new drywall,
the eggshell is good too.
Definitely an upgrade from Superspec, but why do they need Ecospec now?
Ultraspec or Natura should be enough of a choice.
Reminds me of all the brands GM had.
But yes, good product
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I talked to our rep at a paint show and he said ultra spec should be better than super spec and cheaper as well. It has a different pricing strategy that rewards dealers for volume. I am not sure on the details of pricing but something. Ist is different on the BM to dealer side that provides incentive for the dealers to price it more aggressively.

I really do not see it as an option for most NC work, but maybe commercial or track/spec homes.
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I read each word slowly and understand it?
Seriously....does that just mean its a price point product?

I'm always a bit baffled by "contractor grade" and what that means.
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Anyone try it yet?

http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/f...C#advs=0&tab=3

I am going to use it on our next NC project and am hoping this will be our new "NC" paint for the future. After several issues with Super Spec we started using BEN while waiting for Ultra to show up in stores for the same price point as Super.

Zero VOC and GENNEX platform as well.
Not that I use a lot of BM but when I do it is ss, what were the issues you were having?
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Not that I use a lot of BM but when I do it is ss, what were the issues you were having?
Flashing, bad touch up abilities, inconsistant coloring, 275-01 (flat white) with a terrible batch of paint that was like whip creame in a five.
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Have a job starting Tuesday where the HO tried to touch up some ceiling spots with Behr tinted to match BM Atrium White. Didn't work out. My BM supplier wants me to try out the Ultra Spec 500 (they stopped carrying Regal in exchange for stocking the US/500 - they have limited storage space) and gave me a free gallon of flat to use.

How's it worked out for any of you that have used it? My regular price would be around $29 per gallon.
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Flashing, bad touch up abilities, inconsistant coloring, 275-01 (flat white) with a terrible batch of paint that was like whip creame in a five.
I have yet to try it, but my bud told me it touches up much better then the normal SS. I would imagine it covers better too being it's tinted with the gennix colorants.

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We had problems with the ceilling flat. Dosent touch up well and too much flashing.
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Sounds like it's a lower grade natura, being zero voc. If it costs less than superspec, I'm not going to hold my breathe on it being high performance. Hope I'm wrong.
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I talked to our rep at a paint show and he said ultra spec should be better than super spec and cheaper as well. It has a different pricing strategy that rewards dealers for volume. I am not sure on the details of pricing but something. Ist is different on the BM to dealer side that provides incentive for the dealers to price it more aggressively.

I really do not see it as an option for most NC work, but maybe commercial or track/spec homes.
I tried the Ultra and was impressed ! Great paint and good price $ 26 + tx here .
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Im using the product for the first time, It rolls and brushes on nice and it hardly has a smell. Its a better product then super spec. it cost a little more then spec not sure why people are saying its cheaper
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Im using the product for the first time, It rolls and brushes on nice and it hardly has a smell. Its a better product then super spec. it cost a little more then spec not sure why people are saying its cheaper
I have completely dropped Super Spec for Ultra Spec in our stores. No complaints whatsoever. We kept the price the same as SS. It does cost slightly more, but were talking pennies. The finish names are different, sheens look the same as SS. Flat, Low Sheen (SS Eggshell), Eggshell (SS Pearl), Semi-Gloss, and now a Gloss finish added.

The biggest difference that I've personally noticed is the dry time. SS has always dried fairly quick, but Ultra is probably 50% faster +/-.

The Ultra Spec exterior has gotten great reviews. Good looking label, 25yr warranty, good price, same application as the 100% acrylic SS exterior (183,184,185 product lines).
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Since when have warranties been worth anything?

sounds good overall though.
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Since when have warranties been worth anything?

sounds good overall though.
Not disagreeing with you, but the old SS exterior only had a "satisfaction guarantee". Basically the same thing, product replacement .....but people want to see an actual year warranty. Just like they want to see "primer & paint" on the label.
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Anybody noticing a lot of drag on the brush with ultra spec? Upside is it forces me to brush ultra fast
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Girls at the paint shop finally convinced me to give this stuff a try. My understanding is that this stuff replaced Superspec which I was forced to use several years ago and considered it to be complete garbage.

Weird thing is that the girls told me the BM rep told them he felt it performed better than Ben, which is hard to believe considering that Ben is close to $20/gal more expensive.
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I thought the old Superspec was garbage too, I thought the UltraSpec was a little better but I still didn't really care for it.
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