Testing Behr Ultra’s Stain Blocking Paint Technology

Article Posted By: Caroline Inge

of The Home Depot

Testing Behr Ultra formula with stainblocking

Sometimes, a product comes along that makes a promise that just seems too good to be true. One such product that recently made us think was Behr’s new Premium Plus Ultra formula with stain blocking. It promises to cover better, dry faster, and get this, resist stains! A paint that keeps your kids’ footprints off the wall and makes splashes, squirts, and doodles wipeable? Impossible!

We wanted to see for ourselves if this stain blocking paint really works.

As you can probably tell from the image above, we were delighted to find that yes, Behr Ultra’s new stain-blocking formula does in fact cover better, dry faster, and resist stains. Let us walk you through our extremely scientific testing processes.

Step 1

First we started with a plain piece of 2 x 2 foot drywall. We blocked off 6 different testing zones with painter’s tape, and labeled each testing zone to see how well Behr Ultra’s new formula would both cover up existing stains on your wall and make new stains easier to clean up.

Behr Premium Plus Ultra testing grid

Step 2

For the three sections where we wanted to test how wipeable the paint would be, we began by adding two thin coats of Behr Ultra to our drywall. I used Behr Ultra’s Light Mint (480C-1). In these photos, it actually looks white, but it’s a very, very light shade of green. I wanted to try a shade of paint that would easily show bleeding and stains, rather than something dark, which might camouflage them. I also used a flat paint because it’s typically the least wipeable paint finish.

Behr Ultra paint testing

Step 3

 So let’s get started! With colored pencils and permanent marker, I made some scribbles on my drywall. Again, very scientific, no?

Behr Ultra stainblocking test

 Then I added a few splashes of coffee to the mix!

Behr Ultra stainblocking test

 Next up, a dirty shoe grinding mud into the surface!

Behr Ultra stainblocking test

Step 4

With just one thin coat of Behr Ultra, the stains are covered almost completely. The coffee and mud stains were no problem at all!

The only section that could use a bit more coverage was the permanent marker and colored pencil section. While the stain was mostly covered, you could still see a bit of the marker showing through, but with a second coat, it was completely covered!

Behr Ultra stainblocking test

Behr Ultra stainblocking test

Step 5

We answered the question of whether Behr Ultra covers better (it did!) and dries quicker (it does!), but the question remains: Are stains easier to clean when you’ve painted with Behr Premium Plus Ultra?

First we took a few colored pencils for a test drive over our lovely coat of Light Mint.

Behr Ultra stainblocking test

Step 6

Guess what, it cleaned up like a charm! With just a few squirts of some all-purpose cleaner, the colored pencil came off easily! Not even the slightest imperfection in the paint color, and no weird darkness left over from the cleaning spray.

Behr Ultra stainblocking test

Here it is totally clean. Pretty awesome, right?

Behr Ultra stainblocking test

Step 7

Well, sadly, the permanent marker didn’t come off as easily as the colored pencil. This is the one thing we tried that wouldn’t budge. But, it is permanent marker after all!

Behr Ultra stainblocking test

Step 8

How about some coffee stains? Will those come off better than the permanent marker? Yep, looks like it!

Behr Ultra stainblocking test

Behr Ultra stainblocking test

Step 9

How about mud ground into the paint finish? Cleanup was no problem!

Behr Ultra stainblocking test

Behr Ultra stainblocking test


Which leads us to our final conclusion: Yes, Behr Premium Plus Ultra with new stain-blocking technology does cover in fewer coats. It does dry faster, and it does make cleanup easier. The only weakness in the paint’s armor was the permanent marker, but in every other case, Behr Ultra did what it promised it would do. And even if your kids take to the walls with a magic marker or two, at least you’ll know that with just two light coats of Behr Premium Plus Ultra, those doodle marks will be gone for good!

Also, find Behr Premium Plus Ultra Exterior Paint.

Behr Ultra stainblocking test