Last time we compared Ben® and Regal®, discussing the similarities between the two and how you might use one quality of paint over the other. This week we’re going to be comparing Regal and Advance®, two very different tools! Regal and Advance use the Gennex® colorant system, meaning they can be tinted to almost all of Benjamin Moore’s colors. The major difference between these two is that Regal is an Acrylic Paint, but, Advance is an Alkyd Paint! Regal and Advance will both dry to a smooth finish, have low odor, and both can be cleaned up with water.


We’ve already covered Regal’s main points, but, here’s a refresher on some important points: The modern Regal is available in Flat, Matte, Eggshell, Pearl, and Semi-Gloss. Regal has a 1-2 hour dry time, 1 to touch. Our waterborne acrylic paints can be cleaned up with water and a rag.


Advance is a waterborne alkyd, oil suspended in water. Advance is available in Matte, Satin, Semi-Gloss, and High Gloss. Advance dries to touch in 4-6 hours, and can be recoated in 16 hours. Advance hardens just like any alkyd, leaving a very durable and damage resistance finish. Advance can be cleaned up with water and a rag as well.

The Complicated Conclusion

The dry time difference between Advance and Regal can be quite shocking.This is the difference between an Acrylic and an Alkyd, and, these are engineered for two different projects. The key difference is not the dry time, but, that Advance will dry to a very hard surface coat. Regal is intended to be used on walls throughout your home. Advance is intended to be used on high activity parts of our homes, such as doors, trim, and cabinetry. These parts of our homes receive constant contact, get kicked, scratched by pets and who knows what else! It takes time for a paint to become hard enough to endure the wear and tear of constant abuse. Advance takes 16 hours to cure before it can be re-coated. Doing so before that point will risk damaging the paint permanently!

The Simple Conclusion

Regal was engineered to be an easy to use wall paint. Advance was engineered to harden and be abused by the usual bumps and jostles of life, for doors, trim, and cabinets. It’s important when planning a project that we know how much time it will take to make something ready to be used, especially when we have time constraints and guests.