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Fake Beats Real When You Paint

Posted April 12, 2010 4:14 p.m. EDT

This is the time of year many of us decide to freshen our homes for the spring. Often that leads to a home improvement project or two or three-- and sometimes part of that project is painting! Consumer Reports just completed its biggest paint test ever! They tried out more than 50 types of paint! They looked at how they work as well as the amount of vapors or VOCs they release. Tonight, we have a story about the results of those tests-- as well as information about how to pick the right paint finish-- meaning flat, semi-gloss or satin/eggshell. But there’s something else I learned from Consumer Reports that might help you if you’ll be doing any painting anytime soon. I learned that when it comes to the paint BRUSH-- FAKE beats REAL!! So while most of us are easily swayed by a label that touts natural as in natural bristle, Consumer Reports testers found brushes made of synthetic materials actually hold latex paints better and apply it more evenly that those with natural materials. So go fake! And if you have any ideas for making the job of painting a little easier-- do share!

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In addition to the stories you see on TV, Monica is always looking for ways to help consumers find deals and avoid fraud. She'll blog about what you need to know here.