In Consumer Reports’ latest tests of interior paints, newcomer Clark+Kensington earned the highest scores of 65 products evaluated for overall finish, ability to hide and more. The full report on interior paints is available in the March 2013 issue of the magazine and online at

Consumer Reports found Clark+Kensington paint to be tops in satin and semigloss finishes and among the best for flat paints. It was also impressive at hiding, leaving a smooth finish that resisted stains and scrubbing.

As Clark+Kensington is available only at Ace stores, other paints that were great at hiding, durable and washable are as close as Home Depot, Lowe’s and Benjamin Moore retailers.

And while new formulas have improved some paints, others performed worse than they did just a year ago in Consumer Reports’ tests. Compared with earlier versions, the Behr Premium Plus Satin Enamel wasn’t quite as good at hiding and became dull when cleaned.

Some paints such as Olympic One Flat Enamel improved at hiding. Better hiding also helped move Valspar Signature matte and semigloss up in Consumer Reports’ ratings, joining Behr in besting Benjamin Moore, which costs roughly twice as much, among flat and semigloss paints.