1) Benjamin Moore
Green Promise is a line of products by Benjamin Moore, who makes paints and other household design products for both interior and exterior use. Among this company’s paints are Aura Interior, which is "quite simply the finest paint we've ever made." The “hide” of the paint is so great that you never need to apply more than one coat of it in any color. Once the coating dries, it becomes resistant to mildew and the color continues to look fresh for years after it has been applied. If stains should occur, they can be washed off easily—and the paint is in general easy to clean up. Aura Interior paint is available in four finishes—mat, eggshell, satin and semi-gloss.
Benjamin Moore has produced excellent exterior paints as well. Their Premium exterior paint, like the Aura Interior, is capable of producing coverage in a single coating. The color does not change appreciably as the paint dries—which it does quickly—and it resists fading, cracking, peeling and blistering excellently well. Nor does it attract dirt, alkalis, mildew or fumes. It is available three grades—flat, low luster and soft gloss.
Sherwin-Williams is another marketer of environmentally friendly paint products. In addition to paints and coatings, they provide primers, commercial high-grade coatings and others. Their Emerald™ interior acrylic latex paint is “beauty, washability and sustainability in a class of its own.” Even when the colorants have been added, no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) is present in the paint. “The best paint I've ever used!” exclaims one customer, who used Emerald to paint an accent wall in his basement and never wishes to buy any other kind of paint, despite its greater cost.
Emerald exterior paint is likewise free of VOCs and does not blister, chalk, crack or attract mold or mildew. It comes in flat, satin and gloss finishes. One customer has observed that the paint has not attracted even the tiniest speck of dirt within the three weeks since it was first applied!
The other lines of paint sold by Sherwin-Williams, all of which have both interior and exterior versions, are Duration, Resilience, SuperPaint, Solo and DuraCraft.
3) Don’s Paint Company
The final company that we shall look at is Don’s Paint Company. They sell only one line of exterior paint—which bears the name of Dulux—but it is a great one to use. It can be applied at temperatures as low as 35° and resists moisture, mildew, flaking, peeling and blistering. Color retention is also excellent. Flat, satin and semi-gloss finishes are available. Interior latex paints, on the other hand, include four lines—Dulux, Ultra-Hide, LifeMaster and Speed-Wall. Dulux paint is perfect for when you absolutely need “lasting beauty and protection.” Hiding is excellent and washability is outstanding. Ultra-Hide is the kind that has been favored by professionals: Its hiding and washability are both “very good.” It dries in only two hours and remains bright and shiny for longer than man yother paints. LifeMaster—“the first solvent free, no-VOC, low-odor interior latex paints certified by Scientific Certification Systems”—is popular among those who paint public buildings such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes, hotels and motels. It leaves practically no odor. Speed-Wall is best for multifamily buildings—its hiding and overall quality are both good and consistent.
As you can see, these paint products do not just make for a healthy home environment. They will also save you a great deal of time spent on maintenance since you do not have to worry about mold, mildew or dirt. The next time you want to do a paint job on your house, buy one of the products mentioned above—or something that is similarly eco-friendly!
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