All the paints face the same tough tests. One tests for stain resistance. Another checks how well each paint can cover dark paint.
The expensive Farrow and Ball paint couldn’t cover well with one coat. But a much less expensive Behr paint from The Home Depot did much better.
And as for Farrow & Ball’s beautiful colors, Consumer Reports sent a secret shopper to The Home Depot to see how closely it could match a sample of Farrow & Ball with its Behr paint. Back at the labs, testers compared the color. The color difference was within one percent.
Farrow & Ball paint did do a good job in the stain-resistance test, but so did Satin Enamel Behr Premium Plus Ultra. It earned top ratings and costs $34 a gallon.
There’s another advantage to Behr Premium Plus Ultra. Unlike Farrow & Ball, it’s a primer as well as paint. So you don’t have to cover bare surfaces with a primer first.
You can find Consumer Reports’ tips for getting a perfect paint job here.