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I've been using Benjamin Moore paint since the 70's. I grew up on it! Its always been my choice paint for all high end residential painting and cabinet finishing. But then something changed... The new low / zero VOC paints are not just for residential painting anymore, they are for everything! The question is...
How FAST are you at painting - AWESOME?
Top quality low VOC paint dries fast. Benjamin Moore Aura dries VERY fast! This can be a detriment for some people, or a HUGE ADVANTAGE to others. How FAST are you at painting AWESOME?
- Aura is a choice paint for commercial painting.
Being able to re-coat an office or public space in a few hours has HUGE advantages to all the other paints, that dry slower.
Using Zero VOC paint in public area's has more advantages to other paints.
There really is no reason for anyone to complain about the fumes of Aura. The minute amount of smell, is really not a concern. These new paints have the lowest VOC in the industry. The VOC is gone in minutes.
- Aura dries FAST!
People with sensitive noses can take a longer lunch break while I paint out an entire office. By the time staff returns, I can usually have an entire room done. You can't do the with DULUX !
Fast drying "Green Friendly" paints take a certain strategic workflow
Being in excellent physical condition is pretty much mandatory because low VOC paints do dry fast. To get the ultimate finish, you don't have time to "pause" with low VOC paints. Get it on, lay it out and keep going!
Speed and the ability to lay the paint on without playing with it is the difference to why some people love example: Benjamin Moore, Aura (Low VOC) paint while others complain it dries too fast.
If you are a slow painter, you may not appreciate a low VOC paint as much as I do.
Therefore, choosing other brands with longer "open time" (how fast the paint dries) might be the better choice for the slower, relaxed painter.
As an example, the toxic oil base alkyds stay "open" for hours. Good for the slow painter, terrible for the people left breathing the fumes for the next month.
The best low VOC paints I use also "setup" in seconds.
I am in top physical shape, use the best nap rollers, have a full "steel tray" (not those plastic trays) and eat my Wheaties before I start.
Having all your ducks in a row (prep to produce) make Aura the ultimate paint. It dries fast, sticks to everything and looks absolutely incredible!
Low VOC paint is challenging but once you get onto it, there really is no reason to use another brand again.
I prefer Benjamin Moore Aura over all other BM product and brands for a variety of reasons I discuss throughout PAINTING Guys website.
If you needs painting tips, feel welcome to ask me anything you like. I am happy to help where I can. I created this forum to help demystify what I know about painting.