Yesterday, we began the work on our series of “So, Does It Work?” posts by painting an 18″ x 18″ patch of wall with Dunn-Edwards brand new low odor/no VOC line of paint, Enso. Other than the comedy of me painting in heels and a chefs apron, while my p/t assistant Julia scribbled notes, everything went smoothly. Read below for what we found out…
Paint: Enso Interior Flat Paint (color – Tintable White)
Cost: $55.48 per gallon (some discounts available, please inquire with store)
Composition: Water based acrylic latex. Contains titanium dioxide to boost hiding ability of paint. MSDS indicates no reportable hazardous ingrediants.
VOCs: Less than 2g/l (grams per liter)
Certifications: MPI Extreme Green
Color range: Virtually entire standard range of Dunn-Edwards colors, with the exception of several deep reds. Pigment can add to VOC level.
Coverage: Estimated by mnf. at 300 – 400 sf per gallon
Paint odor in can – Typical latex paint smell, but unnoticeable if more than 8″ from can
Consistency of paint – Smooth, medium flow, slightly gummy. No spatter experienced.
Coverage – 2 coats to cover existing dark tan paint
Drying time – 30 minutes till dry to touch. Waited recommended 2 hours before applying second coat.
Odor after one day – slight latex paint smell when less than 2″ from wall. Otherwise, no odor noticeable.
Adhesion after one day – Applied clear tape to paint. Only faint residue visible on tape after removal.
Note: Paint provided by Dunn-Edwards for our use in test.
Conclusion: This is still a very new paint on the market, and as such it is hard to get a gauge on what is happening in the field. Based on our try out, this is a good choice for the casual painter who is looking for a no-VOC option that is fairly affordable and readily available. I’m happy that this new line is available in (virtually) all of their colors.
Note: We chose not to apply paint under ideal conditions, including the use of a primer, so results may vary. To read more about how we approached our review process, please read this post.
If you have any experience with this paint, please feel free to add your comments below. The more people who share their knowledge, the more useful these reviews will be.