Ace’s Clark+Kensington earns high marks

In Consumer Reports' latest tests of interior paints, newcomer Clark+Kensington earned the highest scores of 65 products evaluated for overall finish, ability to hide and more. 

Clark+Kensington is the paint-and-primer in one paint brand made by Ace Hardware in 2011.

"When choosing paint, don't assume a leading brand you swore by last time will do just as well this time around," said Bob Markovich of Consumer Reports. "Our tests found paints can vary year to year -- and a bigger name does not always equal a better product." 

Consumer Reports found Clark+Kensington paint to be tops in satin and semigloss finishes, and among the best for flat paints. It was also impressive at hiding, leaving a smooth finish that resisted stains and scrubbing. Its volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are low enough to meet the toughest, regional California standards. 

And while new formulas have improved some paints, others performed worse than they did just a year ago in Consumer Reports' tests. Compared with earlier versions, the Behr Premium Plus Satin Enamel wasn't quite as good at hiding and became dull when cleaned. 

Some paints such as Olympic One Flat Enamel improved at hiding. Better hiding also helped move Valspar Signature matte and semigloss up in Consumer Reports' Ratings, joining Behr in besting Benjamin Moore, which costs roughly twice as much, among flat and semigloss paints.

Twenty of Consumer Reports' top picks were of the paint-and-primer-in-one variety. The full report on interior paints is available in the March 2013 issue of the magazine and online at ConsumerReports.org. 

Comments

Is it not ironic that since

Is it not ironic that since the mid-80's Ace management has been bragging at paint seminars about the quality of Ace paint. Yet during all those years with a minor exception, Comsumer Report has at best rated Ace paint as a middle of the road paint. Management always rebuffed we dealers requests to put genuine quality in the can and quit bragging about it.
Fast forward to 2013 Ace paint finally produces a true quality paint line per Comsumer Report and what do they do ? They sell the Ace paint plants ....... GO FIGURE .........