Is Cashmere Low-Luster a Good Value? Yes, and here’s why.

Cashmere Low-Luster is a quality paint that both painting contractors and DIYers often overlook.

To determine if Cashmere Low-Luster we will be looking at its:

Price + Coverage + Washability + Touch-up + Self Priming + Durability = Value

Cashmere Low-Luster $$

This paint’s price point is $45.00 (sale)- $60.00 (retail price).

FYI – Contractors can purchase this paint for between $30.00 – $35.00 per gallon.

You may not have ever heard of this paint, but it is not new.  Cashmere Paint has been on the shelves at Sherwin Williams since 2002.

Why The avoidance?

Most Painting Contractors will either suggest a paint above Cashmere or below it. This is due to a couple of reasons.  First, it’s marketed in the middle between a mid-grade paint and a premium grade.

Second, many painters have their go-to-paints such as Promar 200 (mid),  SuperPaint (mid-grade), Duration(very good), and Emerald (excellent).

Important: Just because paint costs more does not mean it is a better paint at:

  • Coverage
  • Workability
  • Touch-up
  • Washability

women painting door Workability of Cashmere Low-Luster

Cashmere Low Luster paint glided over the primer and itself with ease.  When the second coat was applied, there was no difference.

I was able to easily cut-in the wall for about 24-30″ with one dip of the paintbrush.  Few paints have better workability unless you move up to the most expensive paints.

Also, keep in mind that the further you can go with one dip of a brush or with a roller, the more productive you will be.  Furthermore, the paint will likely cover more square feet per gallon and possibly reduce the amount of paint you will need.

Grade: 10 out of 10

Washability & Durability: Cashmere Low-Luster

 

cashmere low luster washability

 We allowed a full 2 weeks to cure before we applied various “high staining” foods and drinks on the wall. The stains were left on the wall for approximately 8 hours.

  • Mustard
  • Catsup
  • Pencil
  • Red Wine (French Bordeaux)
  • Coffee
  • Crayon

Cashmere Low Luster – has a very durable finish. It feels like a hard shell, like a semi-gloss but has the sheen of an eggshell.

Cleaning Cashmere Low-Luster results – Typically, mustard and catsup stains are the most difficult to remove, but it was the red wine stains that held on ever so slightly.

The walls were cleaned with:

  • Krud Kutter
  • Simple Green
  • Spray Nine
  • and wiped with a microfiber cloth.

Washability Grade 9 out of 10

Durability: Cashmere Low Luster

Question: How well does the Cashmere Low-Luster hold up after it has been cleaned?  Are there any scars, burnishing, or alterations to the paint?

Answer: No. Cashmere Low-Luster held up perfectly.

Durability 10 out of 10

Cashmere Low Luster Review and conclusion

If you are more likely to touch-up

burnishing Cashemere low luster does not touch-up

Cashmere Low-Luster as opposed to cleaning it,

touching-up can be an important consideration.

Cashmere Low-Luster did not touch up very well.

Perhaps you can see the two squares in this picture

where I went back and rolled the third coat in

two small areas.  The solution is to paint from top to

bottom and or from corner to corner instead of

just painting the needed areas.   After a few years,

it futile to try to touch up anyway.

Self-Priming

I successfully skipped the primer and applied the Cashmere Low-Luster paint directly over the spackled spots with issues.  Typically, you will find a sheen difference.  The sheen will be sucked into the spackle like a black hole.

Cashmere Low-Luster is an underrated paint.  It performs as well as most paints that can cost 50-100% more.  In the past, the workability of the paint was an issue.  Like most paints, it has been reformulated to meet stricter state requirements. 

  • Coverage  ……     10
  • Workability ……10
  • Washability ……. 9
  • Durability …….. 10
  • Touch-up ………   7
  • Self Priming …..10
  • Value ……………..9

Overall score 65 out of 70

Where to buy Cashmere Low Luster:  Sherwin Williams Locations

Other Paint reviewed by Klappenberger & Son Include: