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More About House Paint and Stain

Most paint used in homes or offices is water-based Acrylic or Latex paint. It cleans up with soap and water, has low odor and dries by exposure to air. There are a few dimensions to care about when it comes to choosing paint for your home or office: Interior or Exterior, Water-Based or Oil (Alkyd) based, Sheen (how shiny it is) and the Quality level.


Interior or Exterior

Paint typically used in homes is generally classified as Interior or Exterior. The paints are basically the same with one big difference: Exterior paint is made to better resist weather, the sun and mold/mildew.

Water or Solvent

The base of the paint is also important. Almost all paint used in homes and offices is water-based with some sort of Latex/Vinyl/Acrylic resin. These clean up with soap and water and are very easy to use. Some oil-based (Alkyd) paints are still used for some applications (such as painting metal) and clean up with mineral spirits.


Sheen is also an important consideration. The sheen is simply how shiny the paint is after it dries. The sheen is a consideration between the aesthetic look/feel and the durability. A standard rule of thumb is the shinier the paint, the more durable/washable it will be. Another rule of thumb is the shiner the paint the poorer the coverage and the more imperfections you will see on your walls. Most of the time, people use a Matte or Eggshell on the walls, Ultra Flat or Flat on the ceilings and Satin or Semi-Gloss on trim and doors. The same goes for Exterior paint, with Flat being used mainly on the masonry or stucco surfaces, Low Lustre on the siding and Semi-Gloss on the doors, shutters and trim.

Sheen is not standardized. For the most part, terms are very similar, but each paint manufacturer names its sheens whatever it wants and there is no standard that manufacturers need to abide by for those names.


Flat has no shine. It isn’t as washable, so you would use this on ceilings and other surfaces that don’t receive much or any wear. Matte looks the same as Flat, but signifies that it is a very hard and durable finish so you get the look of Flat, but the durability of an Eggshell.


Eggshell finish Is named Eggshell because it has the sheen of an Eggshell. It has a very dull angular sheen that you can see when looking along the length of a wall but not straight on. It was the original “scrubbable” finish made for walls that provided some of the durability of a Gloss but helped hide some of the imperfections like a Flat.

Low Lustre

Low Luster is a little shinier than Eggshell.


Satin has a shine and is like a dull Semi-Gloss. It is great for doors and trim as well as for walls when someone wants shiny walls.


Semi-Gloss is usually the glossiest finish people use on their doors and trim and is shiny.


Gloss normally isn’t used in homes and offices. It is more expensive and doesn’t cover as well, but it is available.


The quality denotes the quality of the materials used in the paint and usually translates to how well the paint covers (more expensive paint covers in fewer coats), has better color retention (fades less over time) and is more durable (stronger paint film is more resistant to scuffs, stains and more easily cleaned). 100% Acrylic is normally the best coating. Acrylic is a very strong plastic resin. Lower quality/less expensive paints will normally be some blend of Acrylic with Vinyl and Latex, or outright Latex and/or Vinyl.

MyPerfectColor offers a wide variety of Interior and Exterior house paints.

Interior Paints:

Benjamin Moore Aura

A super premium 100% Acrylic Interior paint that comes in Matte, Eggshell, Satin and Semi-Gloss. Benjamin Moore Aura Paint uses revolutionary color science technology to offer features and benefits previously unavailable in paint. This new paint offers guaranteed two-coat coverage with any color over even an unprimed new sheetrock wall. It is super durable, low odor, super coverage, super-time saving paint!

Key Features of Benjamin Moore's Aura Paint:

  • Available in any color
  • Fully washable in any sheen
  • Fast one-hour recoat time
  • Exceptional flow and leveling
  • Seamless touch-up
  • Richer, more enticing color
  • Maximum hide in all colors
  • Unsurpassed surface smoothness

From the can label: Aura Matte Finish is part of the Gennex Proprietary paint and colorant system. Tint bases only with Gennex Waterborne Colorant.

USE - Recommended for new or previously painted wallboard, plaster, wood, masonry or wallpapered surfaces; primer or previously painted metal; new or coated acoustic ceilings. Provides a mildew resistant coating.

COVERAGE - 350-400 square feet per gallon (106.98-121.92 square meters) depending on the porosity and texture of the substrate.

SURFACE PREPARATION - Surfaces to be painted must be clean, dry and free of wax, grease, scaling paint and mildew. Glossy areas should be dulled. Remove wall covering if there is evidence of bleeding colors.

PRIMING - Aura Matte Finish is self-priming for most colors and surfaces. Consult with us concerning deep colors that require use of Aura Color Foundation. Special purpose primers may be needed for specific surfaces or surfaces that are water stained, smoke damaged or very slick. If ordering through MyPerfectColor, you will be notified by customer service if your color requires the Color Foundation. Most colors do not require this color primer.

APPLICATION - Stir thoroughly before and during use. Apply one or two coats. For best results, use a MyPerfectColor recommended brush, roller, or similar product. This product can also be sprayed.

DRYING - Dries to touch and can be recoated after one hour. High humidity may prolong drying time. Painted surfaces can be washed after a minimum of 2 weeks.

CLEAN UP - Promptly use soap and warm water. USE COMPLETELY OR DISPOSE OF PROPERLY. Dry, empty containers may be recycled in a can recycling program. Local disposal requirements vary; consult your sanitation department or state-designated environmental agency on disposal options.

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Benjamin Moore Ultra Spec

Ultra Spec is an economy Interior Paint that comes in Flat, Eggshell, Low Sheen, Semi-Gloss and Gloss. This paint provides excellent value at a lower price point. It is zero VOC and low odor, it offers great hiding and touch up capabilities.

Exterior Paints

Benjamin Moore Aura Exterior

Aura Exterior is a super premium 100% Acrylic Exterior paint that comes in Flat, Low Lustre and Semi-Gloss. It is self-priming and offers amazing hide, covering dark colors in as few as one coat, it can be applied in cold weather which means a longer painting season, it adheres very well to most surfaces, has excellent durability, resists fading, chalking, cracking, blistering and mildew.

More Detailed and Technical Specs

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Solid Stain

Arborcoat Solid Stain is a premium Acrylic solid coat opaque stain made to go over Exterior wood surfaces such as decks and siding made with pressure-treated, redwood or cedar. It offers excellent resistance to blistering and peeling, color retention and protection against the weather.

  • The New Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Exterior Solid Deck and Siding Stain features the latest in new waterborne stain technology by Benjamin Moore. It protects wood and provides a mildew resistant finish.
  • Arborcoat is the finest quality 100% Acrylic solid stain. This solid stain covers the grain of the wood but still reveals some of the texture. It protects and beautifies all types of wood decks, such as pressure-treated wood, redwood and cedar. It is easy to apply and has a very durable Low-Lustre finish. It also dries fast, water clean-up, and excellent color retention.
  • Protects the surface while blocking the grain yet allowing some of the beauty of the wood's texture to show through.
  • The opacity of the solid gives a uniform color across the deck.
  • Self-priming on most surfaces
  • Color-permanent pigments are more fade resistant, standing up to the weather and sun.
  • Retards the growth of mildew
  • Repels water, protecting your wood from the weather
  • Scuff and abrasion resistant, protecting your wood from use
  • Good to use on new, pressure-treated wood and works great with cedar and pine
  • Both the stain and clear coat provide UV Protection.
  • The intended use is for wood decks, siding, shakes, fences and outdoor furniture.
  • The coverage is between 300 and 400 square feet per gallon depending on how rough/smooth the surface is.
  • To prepare the surface, clean any chalking, dull glossy areas and remove any loose or peeling previously applied coatings. Make sure all surfaces are dry, clean and mildew free.
  • The product is self priming in most situations. Use the special purpose Fresh Start primers if painting a surface rich in tannin such as cedar or redwood; water-stained or very chalky or slick. Spot prime any of these problem areas. Do not apply in direct sunlight and make sure the air and surface temperature is above 40-degrees F. Stir well before use.
  • The product dries to the touch in 1 hour and can be recoated after 3-4 hours. Allow to dry for at least 48 hours before returning furniture and using the deck. The drying time may be affected by temperature and humidity.
  • Clean up with soap and water. Dry and empty cans can most often be disposed of in a can recycling program although local requirements vary.

More Detailed and Technical Specs

Benjamin Moore has been manufacturing quality paint since 1882. MyPerfectColor offers a full range of the most popular Benjamin Moore paints in several quality levels. To learn more about differences in each, read our explanation of different Benjamin Moore Paint Types

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