Benjamin Moore Regal Interior House Paint Review
With another week of house painting product reviews, we would like to share our experiences with Benjamin Moore’s Regal Select. With new stringent regulations that will soon occur, covering both interior and exterior paints, manufacturers are slowly reformulating to low VOC (less than 50 grams) or zero VOC paints!
Benjamin Moore’s Regal product line is one of many products that have gone under reconstruction with a newly found Regal Select!
An introduction to Regals Transformation
Benjamin Moore’s Regal Select hit a home run when it was first introduced. The adverting strategies were mostly geared towards the fact of it being a zero VOC product. Regal Select also added improved adhesion properties to the formula.
We find these efforts mostly geared towards their competitor, Behr Paints, which claims a self-priming interior product as well. But with Regal’s change, along with a new formula and label, came a few additional changes.
These changes took a once top-performing interior house paint and turned it into a product that now performs less than average.
The Fall of Semi-Gloss Trim Paint
The downsides to this newly created product are mostly found in semi-gloss finishes. In efforts to counteract a fast drying (low open time) paint, the paint’s consistency is now a lot thinner. However, the measures did not help much.
We found this product to dry too fast! As a result, this product does not level very well. Regal Select reveals unsightly brush strokes that result in a below-average finish. If additives that will extend open time are added with paint of this consistency, painters are at a loss of coverage.
Benjamin Moore is known for producing smooth none spattering paint that levels, covers, and contains a resin in a class of its own. Unfortunately, Regal Select Interior has fallen short of what is expected from Benjamin Moore Paints.
In conclusion, the Regal Classic is still the best interior paint that Benjamin Moore has created, hands down! Even experienced Benjamin Moore retailers will would agree with that statement.
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