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Old 11-21-2012, 03:00 PM   #1
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Default Difference in Quality between BM's Ben and more expensive paints

Hi,
I have used several of BM's higher quality paints, and have been somewhat disappointed with them in terms of value. They were all good paints, but seemed a bit pricey. Now, that I am running a business and have to be concerned with price, I was wondering how good BM's low-end paint (the Ben paint) is compared to other brands, and to their own higher end such as Regal and Aura.

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Old 11-21-2012, 03:12 PM   #2
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Covers better, easier to apply, more durable, more sheen options, lower voc.
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I think Aura's main selling point is cleanability, and non scuffing even in dark colors. I don't think any other paint really touches this. It does have unique application that actually favors a one guy operation I also think.

If you are just trying to get a workable paint to color the wall, Ben is perfectly fine. I like pretty much all the Gennex paints in their place ( maybe except for Natura)
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It's really hard to beat aura for darker colors. The washability is the best I've seen so far. Used it in my kitchen which was red (not my choice) I scrubbed it like crazy without seeing any red on the rag.
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Pete,

Just a question about alternatives, have you tried any of the California paints?

They are a Mass company and it's good to keep our dollars here When I was still painting, they were a better value than BM and back then their waterbornes were better quality.



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Thats a good point, Bill. California has been one of my go to paints for a long time. I find their stuff can go head to head with any company.
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Bill, thanks for the suggestion. I have used California in the past, and found it be a very good paint. And, I was able to find a local dealer.

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It's really hard to beat aura for darker colors. The washability is the best I've seen so far. Used it in my kitchen which was red (not my choice) I scrubbed it like crazy without seeing any red on the rag.
Spot on analysis with darks.
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When the wife chose red for the kitchen I figured it'd be a good opportunity to see if the washability lived up to the hype. I was happy to see the product I've been selling for the last couple years perform the way I told my customers it would.
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