Paint can of Behr Dynasty

Is Behr Dynasty Semi-Gloss A Good Value?

 Dynasty is Home Depot’s most premium grade Behr paint.  Check out the video below or read the text and discover its strengths and weaknesses. 

Here is some general information about Behr Dynasty Semi-gloss from Behr Website

Stain repellent: Help keep stains at bay, minimizing penetration

Scuff resistant: Advanced durability that helps guard your painted surface from changes in appearance due to everyday wear

Fast drying: Painted surfaces are tack-free and won’t stick together within four hours

One-coat hide: Guaranteed one-coat hide in over 1,000 colors

Factors To Determine If Behr Dynasty Is A Good Value

Klappenberger & Son Employee painting kitchen cabinets
  • Workability

  • Washability

  • Coverage

  • Durability

  • Self-Leveling

Painting Kitchen Cabinets Klappenberger & Son Employee using Sherwin Williams Emerald Urethane

Behr Dynasty Workability

Workability can be evaluated in three different ways.

First, how far can does it spread with one dip of a brush in a can.  To the best of my ability, I dip my paintbrush 1″ into the paint can and see how far I can make it go.  If I can paint for at least 24 inches, I grade it a 9.  If I can have it spread over 30,” I grade it a 10.

Secondly, how easy does Behr Dynasty Spread?  In other words, is it easy to work with?

Finally, what is the working time for Behr Dynasty Semi-gloss?

Spreadability – 30″ which gives Behr Dynasty a ten

Ease to Use – Above average .  The slight frustration I have with Dynasty is that it set’s-up faster than I want.  It can be difficult to paint a 6 panel door with Dynasty when the paint begins to get sticky.  However, It spreads easier that Ben Moore Advance and Aura but not as smoothly as Emerald Urethane  and PPG UltraLast.  

Working Time of Behr Dynasty– Under normal conditions, Emerald has a working time of :30 seconds which can be challenging when painting doors.  

How far does it spread  – a one inch dip spreads 32-36″ which is very good.

How easy is it to spread – good not great.  About average compared to other premium brands

Working time – Behr Dynasty starts getting uncooperative in about 45 seconds.

Overall Workability of Behr Dynasty: score 8 

Behr Dynasty Semi-Gloss Coverage


Behr Dynasty has one coat coverage as long as you choose one of their 1,000 colors.  While white is not one of the guaranteed to cover in one coat, it does cover better than most white semi-glosses. 



It is certainly mentioning that bright white paints have never covered well, however this semi-gloss white is whiter than most and covers very well. 


Dynasty Coverage 10  

Behr Dynasty Semi-gloss Washability

Behr Dynasty Semi-Gloss has a nice smooth hard shell finish.  It feels durable and proved to be able to handle the stains that were applied.  All of my tests to date have tested the same 6 items:

  • Coffee (easiest stain to come off)
  • Redwine
  • Mustard (the most difficult stain)
  • Catsup
  • Pencil
  • Crayon

Behr Dynasty Semi-gloss claims to be stain resistant, and in large part it was.  However, even though most the stains came off very easily, the mustard stains held on.  Is it stain resistant as it claims?  Yes.  When I applied the catsup it actually repealed off the paint.  Whatever the chemicals are that dry on top, it leaves a very smooth shell that can avoid most stains.

Washability 9.5

How Well Does Behr Dynasty Semi-Gloss Self Level?

Behr Dynasty self-levels very much as many cabinet-grade paints do. 

This paint has excellent self-leveling but it could still be improved by adding a latex extender or conditioner.

However, do not roll Behr Dynasty Semi-gloss paint if self leveling is important. 

In addition to being able to feel a noticeable difference,  I could easily feel the texture of the paint caused from the roller nap. 


Self Leveling 10

                          Is Behr Dynasty Semi-Gloss A Good Value?

Premium grade paints like Emerald from SW can cost as much as $92.00 a gallon.  

Fortunately, Behr Dynasty, $65.00, reflects closer to Ben Moore Advance, $67.00,  and Aura cost  $71.00

With a $65.00 per gallon price tag the expectations are high.

In addition to the price, I want to factor in all the tests and see how it stakes up to other comparable or lesser paints in cost.

Whether you are a painting contractor or a homeowner, applying one coat instead of two is a huge time savor.    

Furthermore applying one coat instead of two save paint costs too. 


Where would I suggest using Behr Dynasty Semi-Gloss? 

  • When you want a brilliant white paint
  • Smooth Wood Doors
  • Mantles
  • Built-ins / furniture
  • Where washability is very important
  • Where quality is more important than price