August 8, 2007

Ace Sensations - Review

01_sensations.jpgRecently, Ace released a line of paint called Ace Sensations. But don't think that it's an ordinary, run-of-the-mill paint, because it's not. It's somehow made with Scotchguard, giving it extra stain blocking abilities. Is there finally a paint on the market that is perfect for insanely messy people or those of you with children who haven't yet mastered the art of eating while not throwing? Well, the good people at Ace were nice enough to get a gallon of the stuff in our hands for us to test out, and we had at it with some of the nastiest, greasiest pasta sauce we could find.

First, some basics about the paint: it's latex, so the application and cleanup are relatively easy and clean. It is mildew resistant, making it ideal for bathrooms and other high-moisture areas. And it is available in both flat and satin finish.

plain.jpgSo the Scotchguard is supposed to provide resistance to most household stains; coffee, lipstick, grape juice, that sort of thing. Not content to test the paint with these, we went for an old jar of oily pasta sauce that's been in the fridge for who knows how long. We painted up a piece of poplar with primer and then split it in half, painting one side with Ace Sensations and the other side with Brand X (two coats of each). The paint went on as expected; nice and easy. In all of our photographs, Ace is on the right and has a slight pinkish hue. We applied a smidge of the sauce to each side, rubbed it around, and then let it sit for about a day and a half. Then we took the piece to the sink and, using just water and a sponge, began to wipe Brand X.

The sauce came off, but not without some struggle, and the final bit needed a little elbow grease. Once all the sauce was off, we noticed a light orange stain where the mess had been, sort of like the stain that messy people get at the corner of their mouths after eating spaghetti and meatballs. We scrubbed and scrubbed, but the stain wouldn't budge. Then we turned to Ace Sensations.

with_stain.jpgWith only a few wipes of a damp sponge, the sauce on the Ace side came right off (we're not kidding), and there was nothing left, no residue, nothing. It was like it was never there. We then gave each side a sniff and on the Brand X side, the stain smelled like bad pasta while the Ace side barely had any scent.

It's was tough to photograph the stain left on the Brand X side, but we did the best we could. Regardless of how it turned out in the photo, you can't miss it in real life. It looks like a big fat coffee stain.


So what can we say other than that Ace Sensations works like a charm. It's amazing, really. We would recommend it to anyone, especially someone with kids.

Ace Sensations is available in Ace Hardware Stores all over and can be mixed into just about any color that you want. It sells for about $25 a gallon, which is a good price, particularly given the fact that you won't be having to repaint every few years just to cover up the crayon marks that junior left at knee level.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at August 8, 2007 5:30 AM
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