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Benjamin Moore Waterborne Ceiling Paint

By on May 13, 2012 in Products, When We Try It with 10 Comments

Ben Moore Ceiling Paint

 

I recently had the chance to work with Benjamin Moore’s fairly new ceiling paint 508. Touted as an ultra flat paint specifically formulated for ceilings that hides common ceiling imperfections, it uses the Gennex waterborne colorant system making it a VOC compliant product in all areas. It has longer open times for more work-ability, leading to less laps with minimal spattering. Cure time to touch is one hour, with a one to two hour recoat time. I had the perfect ceiling to try this out in my own bathroom, in our family vacation home.

 

 

A premimum ultra flat ceiling paint

A Neglected Bathroom

It had been neglected for many years, and had seen some leaks leading to failures in the popcorn texture, and water stains. I removed the old popcorn texture, and skim coated the damaged areas after applying a coat of wall paper sizing to glue down the frayed gypsum wall board paper. After sanding smooth there were still plenty of flaws that I could see. As you can imagine the last thing a painting contractor wants to do on their time off is work on their own home, especially a vacation home.

 

ben moore ceiling paint

Flat Finish

Time to try something new

So I needed a paint that would hide as many imperfections as possible. I found this paint did a very good job at that, even with angular light coming in from the window.

Cured ceiling paint after two coats

This is the finished product after the second coat.

 

The results

It was easy to apply, and dried to a dead flat film. I applied two coats with a 1/2 nap, and I was really impressed with the flatness. At a retail price of $37.99 this is a high end ceiling paint, and it performs like one.

Since using this paint in my own home, I have spec-ed it in several other repaints and a new construction project JHC has coming up.

Tommy
Owner of Johnson Home Construction a painting and remodeling company in Duplin County NC. Blogger, and product guru, we love to test out new products and see how they can be used in the field to boost margins.
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  1. Eric says:

    Good to hear that it worked so well. I just bought a gallon to try for the first time.

  2. Heidi Nyline says:

    We love this stuff too Tommy.

  3. Sean MacLean says:

    I used this product Friday on a quick in an out job and found it worked well, not sure how well it may touch up but it applied fine.

  4. John Gallagher says:

    I have just finished a 3800 sq. interior that was last painted 15 years ago. I used B/M 508 on one floor.This product is a good dead flat but dries to fast for my liking.Long ceiling are a challange to make sure you cover at overlap.
    Yes, it is good to cover in one coat but 48.00 a gallon, please B/Moore can you up the cost.
    I use Pratt and Lambert Gold Pro product and lay it on heavy and get the same results at $25.00 dollars less a gallon.This has not failed yet after using for 5 years now. Happy Rolling!

  5. n says:

    This paint dries too fast. I primed and used two coats and have blotchy roller marks where natural light hits it. I am reading pros have the same problem and touching up is not possible as the paint is very absorbent. I will not be using it again.

  6. Alan says:

    Have used this ceiling paint extensively on brocade & popcorn ceilings needing a repaint. I apply with a 1″ to 1 1/4 nap 18″ roller as a 3/4″ nap seems a bit short and requires a few more passes. Never a failure or problem with this technique or product. It is more expensive but it is my fail safe one time and done product.

  7. jeff the painter says:

    best ceiling paint on the market. Flat and no need to worry about rolling it out in one direction.

  8. Alan says:

    Jeff,

    BM 508 always works for me – every time!
    3/4″- 11/4″ nap 18″ roller is my method of application.
    Love the very minimal spatter results when rolling.
    Know this product is on the expensive end of ceiling paints, but labor savings more than makes up for the product price!

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