Demystifying Benjamin Moore Aura

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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...

Benjamin Moore Aura Paint - we use only the best

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?

Commercial Painting

  • 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've done tests to find the "flash" time where I was painting large walls and had 20 secs between each lap before flashing and lap lines could be seen. 

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. 



Using a paintbrush, how do you create a uniform, thin coat of today's thick and fast-drying low-VOC acrylic paint that will resist sags and runs?

Hi Hal,

A subjective but a good question.

  1. First of all, my paint of choice is Benjamin Moore Aura. Aura levels out well, dries fast and doesn't sage like other water base paints.
  2. The next thing is about applying the right amount of paint to each pass and not playing with it. People play with paint too much. Load your brush up, put it on, brush it out FAST and keep going. The less brush passes, the better the finish.
  3. You can use floetrol reducer , extender or water to get a smoother finish but this also effects the open time and increases the chances of sags.
  4. Prep is everything. Prepare your first coat well so your second coat flows out better. This means, filling in all the gaps, sanding, dusting, and making sure the surface has no uneven "thirsty looking" sections that will look like a miss. You finish coat should be going on a surface that allows you to move quickly and freely from pause.