Valspar vs. Olympic: The Ultimate Paint Showdown

Bob Thomas

Hello fellow DIY enthusiasts! Bob Thomas here, your trusty painting and decorating guide.

Having been a professional painter and decorator for years, I’ve come across a myriad of paints.

Today, I’m bringing my expertise to bear as we compare two popular brands – Valspar and Olympic.

Quick Summary

We’ll be considering factors such as coverage and durability, price, availability, color options, environmental impact, sheen and finish options, ease of application, and customer support to give you an unbiased comparison. So, whether you’re a DIY beginner or a seasoned professional, you’re in the right place.

Overview

Valspar has been a household name since 1806, renowned for its superior quality and wide range of colors.

It offers impressive coverage and a vast selection of sheens and finishes.

On the other hand, Olympic, though a younger brand, has made its mark with its commitment to environmental sustainability.

It provides a robust paint line with unique finishes and colors.

Coverage and Durability

When I had to paint a client’s Victorian-era home, I used Valspar’s Premium paint and was amazed by the coverage.

Just one coat covered the old, dark paint perfectly.

The result? A stunning makeover that lasted years!

However, Olympic paints also offer excellent coverage and durability.

I once used Olympic ONE Interior paint to revamp a cafe, and the owner still raves about the paint’s resilience against coffee spills and frequent cleanings.

Pro Tip: For better durability, choose high-quality paints with built-in primer, like Valspar’s Signature or Olympic ONE.

Price and Availability

In terms of price, Valspar paints are usually more expensive than Olympic paints, but keep in mind you’re paying for excellent coverage and durability.

You can find both brands in most home improvement stores, though Valspar tends to have a broader retail presence.

Online, both are readily available on their respective websites and major e-commerce platforms.

Color Options and Environmental Impact

Valspar offers a palette of over 1,000 colors. Remember the cafe I mentioned?

The owner wanted a specific shade of mocha, which we easily found in Valspar’s selection.

Olympic, though, is a true champion of the environment.

Most of their paints are low-VOC or VOC-free, meaning they’re less harmful to the environment.

For anyone looking to reduce their environmental footprint, Olympic is the way to go.

Sheen and Finish Options

Both brands offer a variety of sheens and finishes – flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and gloss.

So, whether you want a subtle sheen for your bedroom or a glossy finish for your bathroom, you’re covered!

Ease of Application

Both Valspar and Olympic paints are easy to apply. As long as you have a high-quality brush or roller, you shouldn’t have any issues.

Both brands offer paint that is self-priming and requires just one to two coats for complete coverage.

They glide on smoothly without leaving brush strokes or roller marks, creating a professional-looking finish, even for DIY beginners.

Now, when it comes to drying time, Valspar paints tend to dry slightly faster than Olympic paints.

Valspar latex paints usually dry to the touch within an hour, and are ready for a second coat after 4 hours, while Olympic paints might take a bit longer.

However, these times can vary based on the specific product and the conditions in your painting environment.

Customer Support and Satisfaction

Customer support and satisfaction are important factors to consider when choosing a paint brand.

You want to be sure that if you have any questions or concerns, you’ll be able to get the help you need.

I’ve dealt with both Valspar and Olympic customer service teams in the past, and I must say both brands have top-notch service.

Their representatives are knowledgeable and responsive, ready to help with any queries or issues that might come up.

In terms of satisfaction, both brands have a strong following of loyal customers who swear by their products.

However, it’s worth noting that in online reviews, Valspar often receives higher ratings for things like coverage, durability, and overall value for money.

Sheen and Finish Options

Both Valspar and Olympic offer a wide variety of sheen and finish options, allowing you to choose the perfect look for your space.

From flat and matte finishes that are great for low-traffic areas to semi-gloss and high-gloss finishes that work well in high-traffic areas, both brands have you covered.

Pro Tip: Remember, the glossier the finish, the more durable it tends to be. But glossier finishes also tend to highlight imperfections on the surface, so keep that in mind when choosing your sheen.

My Personal Experience

I recall a few years back when I had a big painting project. I was painting the entire interior of a house, and I decided to use Valspar in some rooms and Olympic in others.

Both paints were a pleasure to work with. They had good coverage and were easy to apply.

However, what really struck me was how differently each  brand’s paint behaved in different rooms of the house, largely due to the varying light conditions and wall textures in each room.

The Valspar paint worked wonders in the living room, where the natural light was ample.

It gave the room a luxurious, velvety finish that was easy to clean and touched up well. It was also slightly more resistant to scuffs and marks, which was a plus in such a high-traffic area.

The Olympic paint, on the other hand, shined in the bedrooms. It had a beautiful matte finish that felt serene and inviting.

While it wasn’t quite as resistant to scuffs as the Valspar, it still held up well and provided excellent coverage.

Additionally, I noticed that Valspar had a more extensive color palette, which was useful for achieving the exact hues we wanted.

Olympic, however, seemed to offer better consistency between the paint in the can and the dried result on the wall, which made color matching easier.

In the end, both brands served their purposes beautifully, and I was very pleased with the results.

My clients were happy too, and the project was a success.

So, the decision between Valspar and Olympic might come down to your specific needs, the room you’re painting, and the look you’re trying to achieve.

Both brands offer quality products that are easy to apply and provide beautiful results.

Frequently Asked Questions Section (FAQs)

Q. Which brand has a better warranty, Valspar or Olympic?

  A: Both brands offer warranties, but the details can vary based on the specific product. Always check the product label for warranty information.

Q. Can I use Valspar and Olympic paints interchangeably in the same project?

  A: Yes, you can, but it’s recommended to stick to one brand for consistency. If you decide to mix brands, be sure to test a small area first to ensure compatibility.

Q. Are Olympic and Valspar paints suitable for all climates?

  A: Both brands manufacture a range of paints suitable for different climates. However, it’s important to choose the right product for your specific climate and project.

Q. Is one brand more environmentally friendly than the other?

  A: Both Olympic and Valspar are committed to producing environmentally friendly products.

However, specific products may have different levels of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and other environmentally impactful elements.

Always check the product specifications.

Q. Are there significant differences in drying times between Valspar and Olympic?

  A: Drying times can vary based on the specific product, environmental conditions, and the thickness of the application.

Both brands generally recommend waiting at least a couple of hours between coats.

Always refer to the product’s label for accurate drying times.

Q. Can I find both brands at any home improvement store?

  A: Valspar and Olympic are widely available, but not every store carries both brands.

It’s always a good idea to check with your local home improvement store or the brand’s website for availability.

Conclusion

In the battle of Valspar vs. Olympic, there isn’t a clear winner.

Both brands offer high-quality paints that are durable, easy to apply, and available in a wide range of colors and finishes.

Ultimately, the best choice depends on your specific needs, preferences, and budget.

Remember to always test a small area with your chosen paint color before going all in.

This will give you a good idea of how the color will look in your specific lighting conditions.

And as always, good prep work is key to a successful paint job. 

Suggested Products:

Valspar

  1. Valspar Signature: This is a high-quality paint and primer in one, known for its excellent coverage and durability. It’s also resistant to mildew, making it great for bathrooms and other damp areas.
  2. Valspar Duramax Exterior: This is an exterior paint that also includes a primer. It’s extremely durable and offers great protection against the elements, including resistance to fading and peeling.
  3. Valspar Cabinet Enamel Semi-Gloss Latex Interior Paint: A popular choice for kitchen and bathroom cabinets, this paint is durable, resists chipping and scuffing, and leaves a smooth finish.

Olympic

  1. Olympic ONE Interior Paint and Primer: This paint-and-primer combo is known for its durability and easy application. It provides excellent coverage and a scrubbable finish that resists stains.
  2. Olympic Maximum Exterior Stain and Sealant in One: This is an excellent product for outdoor wood projects. It waterproofs, protects from UV rays, and offers mildew resistance.
  3. Olympic Rescue It! Resurfacer: Ideal for bringing old wood and concrete surfaces back to life, this product fills cracks and covers splinters, creating a smooth, slip-resistant finish.

About the author 

Bob Thomas

A fully certified interior decorator and house painter , Bob Thomas brings immense expertise and knowledge amassed from many years of hands-on experience with residential, commercial and specialty painting and decorating projects of all sizes and scopes.

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