In late March, Benjamin Moore UK invited nine members of popular professional paint and decorator forum Painters Pit Stop to its warehouse and application centre to put the full range of paints through their paces.
The painters tested wall paints; including Aura, Regal Select and commercial line Ultra Spec 500; trim paints, including Advance, Aura and Aura Grand Entrance; and some of the specialist paint lines like Ceiling Paint, Aura Bath and Spa and the full range of primers.
Commenting on the visit Tim Peters, coordinator of Painters Pit Stop forum said: "This is a great program for anyone who wishes to test out the Benjamin Moore paints. The Professional Application Centre has an abundance of wall area to paint as well as doors and other woodwork to test out the trim paints. You will be run through every detail you wish to know about the range.
Benjamin Moore has a paint range called Aura. They have a saying for this range " "never more than two coats". I think it is fair to say that nine professional decorators were blown away with the covering power that this paint achieves in one coat. With dark colours applied over whites, whites applied over dark colours, it remained true to its word; never more than two coats. We tried and tested and, we believe.
It must be mentioned, the colour range is fantastic too. Shaw Paints has an array of Benjamin Moore fan decks for the professional designers and specifiers, great for the decorator too if they wish to carry these. It seems that every possible idea has been pulled together to help you (the decorator or designer) help your client in the arduous task of choosing a colour scheme.
This day was a real eye opener for those that were fortunate to come along. They will all say the ease of application was great, opacity was stupidly knockout, VOC levels wouldn"t knock anyone out as they are so low, the primers (currently) are fantastic and the range could expand which will be good for us."
Following the success of the day, we are planning further testing days around the country in the future where professional painters and decorators will be invited to test all manner of Benjamin Moore products.