Time and Money-Saving Paint

Nine of of ten times, when people paint a room, they change the color. Plenty of paints now promise they'll cover in one coat. That will save you time and money, but Consumer Reports tests find big differences.

Today's paints from Kilz, Behr, Valspar, and others claim you can get one-coat coverage.

Consumer Reports paint expert Rico de Paz tested those claims.

"The purpose of the hiding test is to determine how well a paint covers darker colors," said de Paz.

Consumer Reports tests each paint in several colors, along with white.

Consumer Reports uses a battery of tests to rate each paint. One determines how well paint resists greasy stains and a fade test measure how well in maintains its color in sunny rooms.

In the end, the top rating went to Behr Premium Plus. The $24-a-gallon paint is sold at Home Depot and is a Consumer Reports best buy.

While it's not the best choice for a sunny room, as it tends to fade, it does a very good job of covering, even with just one coat.

If you're planning to paint a sunny room, Consumer Reports' testers recommend Benjamin Moore Regal paint. It costs $45 a gallon.

You're likely to need two coats, but it doesn't have a problem with fading.


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