It's called Benjamin Moore Advance. And no, Benjamin Moore didn't ask me to write this. I write this out of the sheer joy I felt in finding out that there's a paint extant that has the hard qualities of well-set oil-based alkyd without the toxicity.
Advance is a new (relatively: It's been about a year since its introduction) alkyd that's water-based. It goes on smooth and sets up hard just like an oil paint. But when it comes time to clean the brushes, water's all you need. And it's low VOC: our paint guy told us it's actually lower VOC than Aura.
After two coats on the kitchen cabinets, I'm just giddy. We used a satin finish and it's super smooth. You can already tell that it'll hold up fine to thousands of grimy fingerprints and damp-rag-wipe-downs over the years. While Aura will always hold a soft spot in my heart for walls, this is my new go-to for trim and woodwork.
Has anyone else out there tried the Advance line of paints? Do you love it as much as I do?
Image: This Old House