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Last updated: 07 February 2017

House painting is a time-consuming and messy business, so you'll want to choose the right paint the first time. That's where our lab results come in. 

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Our test covers interior, acrylic (water-based), low-sheen paint. Our experts test the paints for:

  • Hiding power, or the ability of the paint to cover up underlying marks on the wall
  • Stain resistance, for a range of common household stains
  • Scrubbing resistance, to see how the paint stands up to tough cleaning
  • Washing resistance, or how the paint stands up to simple washing with soap and water (all the paints pass this test so we don't factor it into the scores).

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which paints perform well enough to be recommended. We also note which paints claim to be low-odour and low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and which ones claim to be mould-resistant. Note that we didn't test those claims.

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Cost of one coat covering 10 square metres, based on the price per litre of a 4L can and the claimed spreading rate.

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Hiding power score

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How well the paint covers underlying marks or patterns. Paint with a comparatively low score may need an extra coat (maybe three coats instead of two) to cover walls with a lot of marks or with a darker base colour.

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Stain resistance score

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How easily we can remove cordial, red wine, tomato sauce, and felt-tip pen from each paint.

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Scrubbing resistance score

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How well the paint stands up to a bristle brush and abrasive cleanser (Jif Cream).

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Low odour / low VOCs

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Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are a common paint ingredient and give paint its heady odour. They can cause headaches and other illness, so low VOC paint is worth looking for. We didn't test the claims about VOC content.

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Claimed to be resistant to mould, mildew and fungus. We didn't test this claim.

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