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Its good. We were among the first on the east coast (or at least in our market) to get it last year. I wrote a review about it that BM ended up using in their magazine. Its on our website and has some tips about the product. I am not convinced that its "self-priming" properties are for real and would not recommend using it that way on new drywall. I would prime as usual and then use it as paint. Its coverage characteristics are great, it rolls out nice and the matte is far better than the Regal line.
 

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Well since you are the one who is using it - why don't you tell us what you think about the product - personally 5'ers of any paint can have a lot of crap in them. That's why contractors never get 5'ers shaken, we will usually just stir.
 

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for some reason paint crusts in those plastic containers - and if you have it shaken - they come off. I only usually buy ceiling paints and primers in 5'ers - so I only need to use those big stirring rods. I guess if you are actually using wallpaint - that's a different matter, you have to shake it up. I am personally not sold on Aura - I almost think they made the regal paint slightly worse - to make the aura line look better. P&L accolade was always a perfect paint. I think Aura is an attempt to be even with the restof the industry with their waterbourne coatings. Guys who only use Benny moore - have not noticed what other brands have had on the market for the last 10 years. So for them aura is the best thing since sliced bread. I have been using Muralo Ultra, P&L Accolade, California 2010, Pittsburgh pure performance, Fine paints of europe, grahams, C2. So when Aura came down the line - my attitude was 'so what' and it was pricier than those mentioned with the exception of Fine paints of europe. And their claims of self priming are totally ludicrous. I dare anyone to put up that paint on veneer plaster without a primer!
 

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Anyone have any feed back on BM's Aura....
Yeah, the stuff's Da Shiznit
Completely awesome, extremely low odor, extreme hide, no primer, no burnish, no surfactant leaching, super quick drying, super scrubble, super touch-upable, mongo durable, incredible finishing money maker in a can
So...I guess I think it doesn't suck

Takes a little learning curve though...doesn't act like regular paint
Gotta think out of the box on a few things

...the 5"s had alot of crap in em
Hmmm...haven't used any fivers
The stuff dries crazy, crazy, fast
There's issues with the tinting machines because of that
I wouldn't be surprised if that fact and the air in the fivers was causing some weirdness
That stuff can't sit...at all
Even with gallons you've got to stir it while painting (brush'n'rolling)

That's why you can't really go back a spot to smooth out, or hit a holiday...it's already drying and you'll lift
Just wait until dry and touch it up
No wet edge, no worries, no problem....touches up like a dream

Watch out if you are spraying 6-panel doors...sagging is an issue (at the corners)
Two light coats with a 10 FF seems to work OK

And on walls it tends to sag if brush cutting in corners too thick
No biggie...kinda like Super paint will
You just can't load it up like Regal
 

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...satin off white. I really didn't think it looked that great...
It's no Impervo...
The Matte and Eggshell leave a more impressive finish

But the satin is not bad...would want it on a wall/ceiling though :blink:
 

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Slickshift, what a great quote (highlighted in blue) I know i'm off topic, just had to comment. I do not have Aura available here yet, or at least last time I checked. Sounds like a good product, what do you think of BM in general? I do not have much experience with BM. Although I had a good BM this morning.:bangin:

Happy painting, Paul. :drink:
 

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I do not think satin would ever look good on a ceiling:eek:

I do like Aura, and currently am recommending it for all of the deep red colors. But I am seeing 3 coats with it usually. It is washable in the deep colors and it does touch up well.
 

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Yeah, the stuff's Da Shiznit
Completely awesome, extremely low odor, extreme hide, no primer, no burnish, no surfactant leaching, super quick drying, super scrubble, super touch-upable, mongo durable, incredible finishing money maker in a can
So...I guess I think it doesn't suck

What he said :yes:
 

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A couple of factors come into play. First, it's a quick drying paint. Second is the color.

In a 5, the paint gets moved, splashed on the lid and dries on the lid or semi-dries to a boogery consistency. Then when it's moved again, the dried paint falls into the liquid.

If a lot of tint is used, it fills the bucket up closer to the lid, leaving less air to dry it.

Straining takes care of it, if there are multiple 5's straining isn't such a hassle cuz you have to box them anyway.
 

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I will re hash an Aura thread, my store will be getting Aura exterior next week they think. They have all the displays up etc. I was told it will go on at 8 mil and dry at 4 mil. Price will be a few bucks more then Aura interior.

Also BM can out with the 18"x18" paint chips for sale for the affinity collection. The display totally reminded of the C2 chip display :)

Anyone try the Aura exterior yet? Figured it was on east coast all ready.
 

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I will re hash an Aura thread, my store will be getting Aura exterior next week they think. They have all the displays up etc. I was told it will go on at 8 mil and dry at 4 mil. Price will be a few bucks more then Aura interior.

Also BM can out with the 18"x18" paint chips for sale for the affinity collection. The display totally reminded of the C2 chip display :)

Anyone try the Aura exterior yet? Figured it was on east coast all ready.

4 mils? I'm interested. I wonder how it will match up against the Duration?
 

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I don't think anyone has the Ext. in stores yet
It's not out here...but should be any second now

I did get to try some, but only on test panels, siding, and doors
I'd say it's very high build, and covers great
Hides like Duration, but it's 'creamier' so there's less effort
Out in the real world it could give the big D a challenge
Well...it will give D a challenge, it could surpass it
But it'll take some real world projects to make that call

heads-up: the semi-gloss is NOT high build, only the "soft gloss" and "low lustre"
They don't seem to make that distinction in the lit.
I found that disturbing

The semi- is still good, don't get me wrong
I think it paints/looks better than the satin, and I am a WB Satin Perv not an acrylic Regal Semi kind of guy
The Aura semi- is pretty nice
 

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I don't think anyone has the Ext. in stores yet
It's not out here...but should be any second now

I did get to try some, but only on test panels, siding, and doors
I'd say it's very high build, and covers great
Hides like Duration, but it's 'creamier' so there's less effort
Out in the real world it could give the big D a challenge
Well...it will give D a challenge, it could surpass it
But it'll take some real world projects to make that call

heads-up: the semi-gloss is NOT high build, only the "soft gloss" and "low lustre"
They don't seem to make that distinction in the lit.
I found that disturbing

The semi- is still good, don't get me wrong
I think it paints/looks better than the satin, and I am a WB Satin Perv not an acrylic Regal Semi kind of guy
The Aura semi- is pretty nice
The lit I read and what I talked about today with my store was there was a Flat, Low Lustre and soft gloss similar to the moorgard line. Which one won't be high build then?
 

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Huh...
The Semi- is Int/Ext...

I only tried "Low Lustre" and "Soft Gloss" replacements (and the Semi-)

I suppose what I call "Low Lustre" they could be calling "Flat"
I would have said it was a direct 103/096 (LL/SG) replacement myself
With the Semi-Int/Ext as the 110 (High Gloss) replacement
 
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