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Question DetailsAsked on 1/29/2012

best one coat interior paints

what is the best interior paint for one coat application and cover

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This is a good question. However, the question makes the assumption that there is a paint that covers everything in 1 coat, which I don't believe is the case. My recommendation is Benjamin Moore's Aura. Now the fine print. Aura will cover very well because it dries to approximately twice the thickness of other paints. However, Aura says it will cover any color in never more than 2 coats, but there are exceptions to that as well, including some deep reds. The main thing is the color change. If the color you are using is within the same family of colors, you have a chance, we've also had pretty good success of grey covering over tan in 1 coat, but if you're making a major color change, don't expect any paint to cover perfectly in 1 coat.

Some other 1 coat coverage paints you could use would be Sherwin Williams Duration, and Behr Ultra Premium Plus.

Hope this helps!

Answered 8 years ago by jondecpainting


I've personally had very bad luck with Behr paint for coverage, including their high end and "One Coat Coverage" lines. So much so that I recieved a significant refund from the manufacturer for the coverage problems after they could not find any fault in my application of the product and a store credit from the retailer to aid my time lost and associated cost using the paint. I agree with the last answer that there really is no true one coat paint out there that will give you a professional looking result. I'm fond of Sherwin Williams and the higher end valspar paints. My preference varies based on the new color, old color, and conditions of the surface for which one gives me the best result. I've used Benjamin Moore on a couple of projects but there is not a store for their products locally. it seemed on par with Valspar paint and still required a second coat to elimate the shadows that showed up when it dried.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services

Answered 8 years ago by Todd's Home Services


We don't necessarily recommend a one coat paint to our clients, so for an alternative you may consider Farrow and Ball for quality, thickness and gorgeous color.


Answered 8 years ago by HMDhome


I've used Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, and Behr. I agree with others that it depends on the current wall color and the color of the new paint. Light over dark never works well. If you're doing light over dark, a primer coat would be best. But then it would be more work. The quality of your roller and brushes also seem to be a factor. Cheap rollers seem to leave more uneven coverage. I had good success with the 3 paint brands mentioned, but I would include that the smell of Behr was much stronger and left me with a headache. It also seems to linger (months after painting).

Answered 7 years ago by Guest_91998841


Valspar Premium / Primer & Paint in one. Great and only one coat needed. I painted over that flowery wallboard in a mobile home. One coat did it. I got it at Lowe's.

Answered 7 years ago by Guest_9756124


I am a die hard Sherwin Williams fan. I have used their paints for interior and exterior in my homes for 30+ years. Once painted over a black bathroom wall. That's the only time I needed a second coated. I like the satin finish. Walls wash easily and don't fade if exposed to sunlight. I've tried Behr because it was cheaper but the smell was awful and it took 2-3 coats to get even coverage. Sherwin Williams has very little smell, dries quickly. You get what you pay for. If you want to work more and do 2-3 coats, go with another brand. As for me I'll stick with Sherwin Williams. Also their color matching is fantastic.

Source: S. Terry, homeowner

Answered 6 years ago by Guest_9519504


We were very happy with Clark + Kensington Paint from Ace Hardware. It took just one coat to cover a light sage green with a dark beige color. The coverage was flawless. I am a perfectionist, so if it hadn't covered well enough I would have noticed! I have to add that it really depends on the color that you are covering, as well as the new color you choose. I tried it in my daughter's bedroom. I needed to cover a ballerina pink with a quite shocking jade green (she's a teenager!). I had to do two coats. I think it was because the jade was such a saturated, deep color. The paint glides on easily, does not clump, and dries quickly. I highly recommend it.

Answered 6 years ago by Guest_9250002


I have never just used one coat of paint. Over the years, I've used Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Dutch Boy, Behre, Pittsburgh, Kyanize and Glidden. Maybe it's my eyes, but out of all those brands, I like Glidden (satin finish) the best. The first time I used Glidden, I was painting a light gray over a medium brown (real) wood paneling. 2 coats and it looked fantastic. It made the room look great.

Answered 6 years ago by Guest_9406123


I recently tried a new interior paint and have learned something I never thought about before. What we need to remember is that regular paint IS the same thing as 'Paint and Primer in one can' products. And that there are always more favorable color combinations that you may get away with a single coat. That has always been the case. Products that read 'one coat color collection' like Behr is NOT selling a true one coat paint. As Paint Customers we deserve the truth but it's always made to sound so confusing.

I believe EVOpaint™ is the first and only one coat paint. The product claims never a primer or 2nd coat over any color AND over new drywall. I have been following some great videos you can check out how real people across North America 'Roll out the Truth™' as they like to refer to it as.


Answered 6 years ago by TonyMirto


I've been painting for over 30 years and I have never had to do a second coat when using Sherwin Williams "Super" paint....

Answered 5 years ago by MichaelHotaling


There is no such thing as one coat paint....unless you are using the same paint, and color.

Answered 5 years ago by Guest_9554487


I find it hilarious that behr claims to have a guaranteed one coat line of paint. They just dont mind bullshitting there customers because the paint is so unbeleivably cheap to manufacture that if you have an issue they'll just reimburse you no problem. Even the top of the line ben moore and sherwin williams paints dont guarantee one coat and they can usually have a good shot of being one coat depending in circumstance. But to anyone looking for a one coat solution there best bet is using a medium to light gray with a flat finish, the higher the sheen the harder it will be to cover. Also different paint colors are mixed in different bases that react differently to tint. Any darker colors that are medium or deep bases and up will not cover as well because the paint must have less titanium dioxide which allows darker and more saturated colors to be made. Titanium dioxide is the chemical in paint that makes it cover better, so lighter colors will cover better.

Answered 4 years ago by paintscience


Sorry to say: the "one coat" thing is an advertising gimick. You can certainly try, but you will find brush strokes that do not cover in one: lighter coverage lets the old color show thru, especially if the old color is very different. and if you are painting reds or yellows (even beige that has much yellow pigment) you will have a difficult road.

I always tell my customers that 2 quick coats is FASTER, BETTER, CHEAPER. Be sure to buy a good Purdy brush and wool/poly blend Wooster roller. If you buy cheap rollers, you get lint shedding in your wall and you have a gritty wall.

There are a lot more tips to give, but I just wanted to say the essentials. Good luck!

PS if you try for one coat, go with Ben Moore Aura,... expensive, but very good coating


Answered 2 years ago by bradpainter

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