Which Trim Paint Should You Use?

There are different properties of paint:


Adhesion is the paints ability to grab on the surface without peeling. 

You have to remember one thing. No matter how good the adhesion is, if you are going over oil paint you always have to prime first.


As the paint dries, leveling is the paints ability to "level out" in a way that you don't see the brush strokes.


With some semi gloss trim paints, after the first coat it is almost 100% covered. If a paint covered well on the first coat, then the second coat is really easy.

However, with some of the inferior paints on the market, even the second coat may not look fully covered. This is why choosing really good trim paint is essential to getting a paint job that has an amazing finish.

My First Pick

My favorite trim paint is Benjamin Moore. Not just any of their products, specifically "Regal Select" semi gloss for the following reasons:

  1. It doesn't yellow. Many years later it will still look white.
  2. LEVELING - The product looks like a factory finish and you can't see the brush strokes. Gotta love it.
  3. ADHESION - As long as the existing paint is solid, it will stay in tack for years to come.
  4. COVERAGE - This particular line of Benjamin Moore (Regal Select) by far has the best coverage then any other trim paint that I have used.


Being a long island painting contractor for over 40 years, as you can imagine, by this point I have used all the top brands out there.

Sherwin Williams and Behr compare as far as staying white, adhesion, and coverage. (not the cheapest lines) 

Regal Select differs in leveling, Here is where this paint excels above the pack. None of the other paints even come close. When painting trim, the brush strokes almost vanish and as I stated above it looks like a factory finish.

Article written by Scott Brown from Scott Painting

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