SHERWIN WILLIAMS DURATION HOME INTERIOR ACRYLIC PAINT: MATTE, SATIN, SEMI-GLOSS – Sherwin Williams claims “Duration Home paint and primer in one features exclusive cross linking technology that actually repels stains.”. I have no idea what that even means. But I DO know that this is a product people tend to either love or hate. That goes for professional contractors as well as homeowners. The “BAD”: The consistency is unique, the dry time is quick, and the price point is pretty expensive even after a contractor’s discounts. We have had mixed results with both the Matte and Satin finishes, and typically we find it much harder to make this paint look great compared to other high-end products. The guys on our crew always want to go back and touch it in while still wet to make it look more uniform, but often times this makes the paint look even worse. It can “picture box” (painting jargon for the brushed cut lines looking different from rolled areas, creating walls that look like they have a frame around them…) severely if you don’t move really, really fast. Many people have problems with visible streaks when it dries – you read about this issue regularly in reviews posted just about anywhere from DIY sites to professional contractor’s forums.
HOWEVER, (the GOOD): IF you are someone who happens to like the consistency, are a very fast painter/have a helper who can cut in while you are rolling, and you use this product regularly enough to get used to – the end result can turn out pretty great. Duration dries to a very hard finish, is super durable (scratch and scrub resistant), and is low-VOC to boot, making it a great choice for houses with children, pets, or people who are sensitive paint odor. It also has anti-microbial properties that make it resistant to mold and a great choice for bathrooms or other rooms with humidity.
Another consideration with the Matte and Satin finishes in this product is that there is a LOT of acrylic in this paint, so it will have more sheen than a typical Sherwin Williams product called by the same name. In other words, Matte is probably not a good choice for your ceiling unless you want it to shine a little bit, and the Satin reflects light more like what we are used to seeing from an equivalent Behr or Valspar product. This unfortunately also makes it very difficult to touch up.
These issues were enough to keep us from trying the DURATION SEMI-GLOSS until recently, and we LOVE IT. While it is somewhat thicker than what we are used to, this paint goes on smoothly and leaves minimal brush strokes. The quick dry time is an asset with trim and doors because we are able to re-coat DURATION faster than most other trim paints. This brings us to the coverage, which is so good it has saved us from an expected 2nd coat on more than one occasion. In fact, we have even had success coating older oil-based paint with DURATION (make sure your trim has been lightly sanded and/or cleaned with a good de-greaser like Krud Kutter) without a primer coat because the adhesion is so strong. This is not recommended, but it is often requested by homeowners who do not want to pay for a primer.
Sherwin Williams Interior DURATION is a durable, stain-resistant paint in all sheens that will resist mold and scrub clean with minimal impact to the finish. If you plan to work with DURATION, please be aware that it takes some getting used to – even for professional painters – that may make it difficult to apply. We recommend moving faster rather than slower to help combat this, as well as making sure you use high quality applicators to make life easier for the duration of your project ~