"For starters, it's an alkyd paint," say professional painters Chris and Lexi Dowding, of SwatchOut in Michigan. "Which means it dries very hard and can stand up to lots of abuse without chipping or scratching." They also love this particular paint because it levels out well (no weird bumps or ripples!), covers dark wood with just two (or sometimes three) coats, is low VOC (a fancy way of saying it won't stink up the room), and is almost $20 cheaper per can compared to competitive brands. Plus, they say other professionals swear by the same stuff — a claim our reporters were able to back up.