Behr Interior Marquee Review. Should you buy it?

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Review of Behr Interior Marquee

Behr Interior Marquee is one of the companies highest quality products. It is water-based and used mainly for the interior of homes. 

It is one of Behr’s most popular products and was designed to compete with higher end, premium products such as Sherwin Williams Emerald or Benjamin Moore Aura. 

I have used this product many times myself. I was unable to find much information online about the product, and decided to share my experiences with it here. 

If you have found a can stored in your basement and want to know a little more about the product, this article is for you. 

Here, we will learn about:

  • Coverage
  • Application
  • Washability + Durability 
  • Sheen levels 
  • Price

Let’s jump in.

Coverage7/10
Application6/10
Washability + Durability7/10
Sheen Levels8/10
Price9/10
A quick overview of Behr Interior Marquee

Coverage

Behr Interior Marquee covers very well. I have not heard of many instances where more than two coats were necessary. Personally, two coats have always worked for me, and I have occasionally gotten away with one coat. 

painting behr marquee

Behr Interior Marquee is marketed as a ‘paint and primer in one’. This doesn’t mean this product should be painted right onto new drywall (I would still use a specific drywall primer for that), but it should help finish the job with fewer coats of paint. 

One of Marquee’s selling points is that it claims one coat coverage, if you choose from one of their designated colors. While the paint covers well, I typically still need more than one coat.

If you are painting a color similar to what is on the wall already, you shouldn’t need more than two coats. You might even be able to get away with one coat.

The only situations where two coats might not cut it, is a drastic color change or very vibrant colors such as bright yellows, reds, and greens. 

Behr Interior Marquee does cost more than other products available, but its coverage should also save you a lot of time. 

One gallon will do about 400 square feet of walls, which usually equates to a small bedroom.

Application

So, is Interior Marquee pretty user friendly? Yes, it is very easy to use.

It goes on smoothly with a brush, roller, or sprayer. Even if you don’t have much experience painting, there shouldn’t be much of an issue with this product. 

Behr interior marquee

The only problem I have encountered is how quick the paint dries. While this sounds like a good thing (you can recoat quicker) it can also make application difficult.

If you are taking breaks throughout the painting process, make sure to cover your paint tray and wrap your brush or roller so the paint doesn’t dry and become unusable. 

Washability and Durability

Behr Interior Marquee is a very washable paint. You will be able to wipe down the walls without seeing any kind of blemishes or marks from the wash cloth.  

behr interior marquee washability

As is typical with most paints, a higher sheen will be more washable. Eggshell, the most common sheen for walls, is going to be pretty easy to keep clean. 

One of Marquee’s best selling points is its durability. This product will stand up to most abuse because of specific additives used to make the paint. 

The durability and washability of Marquee is going to be good enough for nearly every circumstance. If you anticipate having to frequently clean your walls, then this will be a good paint for your home.  

Sheen Levels

Behr Interior Marquee has all the typical sheens you would expect. It starts with flat, then matte, eggshell, satin, and semi gloss.  

Interior Marquee covers a pretty good range of sheens. Flat and satin are the most common for walls and semi gloss is used frequently on trim and doors (although I would use an enamel, like Proclassic for trim and doors). 

When choosing a sheen, it is important to think about the condition of your walls. Are they smooth or do they have imperfections?

Sheen of behr interior marquee paint

Behr Interior Marquee Flat isn’t as washable as a satin or eggshell, but it won’t show as many imperfections. A higher sheen, like eggshell, will show bumps and bruises in the wall. 

Price

At this time, Interior Marquee will cost around $55.00 for a one gallon bucket. This has increased a little bit every year for the last couple of years because of material shortages and difficulties with COVID. 

Marquee was created to compete with higher end paint like Sherwin Williams Emerald or Benjamin Moore Aura. 

Both of those products retail in the $80 range, so this is a pretty good deal. It isn’t quite on the same level in terms of quality, but most people are going to be happy with the product.

In Conclusion…

Marquee is one of Behr’s highest quality products and will meet the needs of most homeowners. 

Its coverage is very good and its durability and washability are better than most products out there. 

Personally, I would be happy using Interior Marquee in my own house. If you have young kids or a couple rowdy pets, it will be a great product. 

If you are not too worried about washability, then Superpaint is another good option that covers well and is a little less expensive. 

If you are looking for the highest quality paint, then I would wait until you can get Sherwin Williams Emerald or Benjamin Moore Aura on sale. 

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I have spent the last ten years working in various positions within the painting industry. I worked as a painter doing residential and commercial work for a couple of years, and then transitioned to working for the largest paint retailer in the world upon graduation from college.

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