Rust-Oleum vs Valspar vs Krylon Color Comparison

Rust-Oleum vs Valspar vs Krylon Color Comparison

More spray painting goodies! Color comparisons!

Rust-Oleum vs Valspar vs Krylon. I have my Spray Painting Tips post so now its time for some color comparing.

I only go over so many colors in this post so don’t hesitate to ask about other colors.

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Krylon High Heat Copper
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Each brand has a strong and weak side. Ive literally gone through 450+ cans of paint!

Valspar and Rust-Oleum are my favorites. Some colors it will come down to personal preference because they have equal coverage, etc.

Vaslpar spray paint

I have the least amount of issues with Valspar as far as chunks, dripping nozzle and dud cans as well. Valspar just always has a nice smooth even finish and smells better.

I also never have clogs, Rust-Oleum is a bit weaker in this area.

Spray paint color comparing. Valspar vs Rustoleum vs Krylon.

I have to monkey around and switch out spray caps. This is for their 2x coverage color formulas. I don’t have issues with the metallic they carry. I Love their metallic.

Related: Rust-oleum Metallic Spray Paints

Over all Im in love with Vaslpar. I don’t affiliate with them or the like, yet anyways… πŸ™‚ I just love their colors and finishes more.

Ombre pink and aqua mason jars.
Valspar Colors

Krylon is the worst with chunks, runny paint and uneven spraying. I’m really not trying to be a Krylon hater but, the Color Master formulas need improvement.

I like their metallic and the newer chalk paints. I’m Totally digging the chalk paint!

Related: Krylons Chalk Finish Paint.

Spray Paint Color Comparing

Santa painted mason jar.


For basic red Valspar all the way. They have a deep red, a bright red, and their Radiant Red. I’m the biggest fan of the Radiant Red, its like when you find the perfect red lipstick!

Rust-Oleum is not bad but, I have to use more coats for the red the get the coverage I need with a basic red. Other reds are much better like their Cranberry, etc.

Krylon Color Master formula… forget it! Go for the Dual formula if you use a Krylon red, its better than the Masters line.


Blue and orange SU painted mason jars.


Valspar all the way for me! Rust-Oleum is good on coverage too. Its a color preference here. Krylon is a total fail.



Pencil painted mason jar teachers gift.


Again Valspar here but, Rust-Oleum is neck and neck as far as coverage. I like the yellow colors Valspar puts out over Rust-Oleum though. This is just a personal preference.

Krylon, I love their pale yellow color but, its weaker and I have to use more paint for coverage.



Vintage green mason jars. Atlas and Ball.


This is another Valspar but, Rust-Oleum is neck and neck for coverage. Rust-Oleum has some green shades Valspar doesn’t offer.

Krylon, Ive only tried their mint shade for a green. Nice color but, more coats to get that coverage.

Between Valspar and Rust-Oleum is just a color preference choice.

Blue painted mason jar quarts.


Valspar is the ‘winner’ but, again neck and neck for coverage with Rust-Oleum. I like the navy shades and baby blue from Valspar over Rust-Oleum.

As shown in the picture above the sky blue color is from Rust-Oleum. Valspar doesn’t have this color.


Purple painted mason jars.


For coverage Valspar and Rust-Oleum. Valspar ‘fails’ here as they only have one shade of purple I can find, the paint is great but, only one shade. They need Lilac type shade! LOL. Update: Valspar does have a new Lilac type shade now! πŸ™‚

Rust-Oleum and Krylon offer very similar colors for purple. I like Krylons light purple shade(super close in color thought) over Rust-Oleum but, again its weaker for coverage so I go for the Rust-Oleum.

Pink mason jars.
Valspar Colors


Valspar is a ‘winner’ here. I just like their shades a bit better and their smoother finish. Valspar and Rust-Oleum pinks are So close in color and coverage though. I really like the shade of pink Krylon offers but, its weaker coverage and that chunk issue! The pink is one of the worst offenders for chunks.

I shake my cans to death, then shake them more!Still chunks!




Ive only used Rust-Oleum and Valpsar for white, its neck and neck. Both brands you’ll need an extra coat or two to get full coverage.

Update: Krylon Dual formula white is equal as far as coverage.




Β Ivory

This one is a personal preference. All three brands are close if you use the Dual formula Krylon. The dual formula is much better than the Color Masters.

They are really close in color as well. I really like Krylons Ivory Chalk Paint, its a bit more darker in Ivory color though. You want a light ivory go for Valspar or Rust-Oleum.


Turquoise and teal mason jars. Elite Ball pints.
Krylon & Valspar

Turquoise & Aqua

Valspar all the way! I like the shade Krylon offers for aqua but, weak on the coverage and that damn chunk issue! LOL. Rust-Oleums turquoise is great but, their aqua is more a light blue over a real aqua shade.

The coverage is good just not a true aqua like an aqua lover would like! Like I am, Im in love with Valspars aqua! Its the perfect shade to me. Ha ha!

Update 10/2015: Rust-Oleum has introduced new aqua shades. Ones a high gloss enamel. Great shades of aqua.




Valspar is the winner for me with the chocolate brown like pictured above but, Rust-Oleum is close second. Rust-Oleum offers more shades of brown too.

Both have good coverage.



Rust-oleum metallic spray paint colors


Rust-Oleum and Krylon are total winners here. Rust-Oleum excels with metallic. Valspar ‘fails’ here, well, the sliver is not bad but the gold, total fail.

Its not a yellow gold. They have their new rose gold but, its not really rose gold its more a pinkish silver. I do love the color but, not rose gold to me. I show it in this post.

Valspar gold more of a golden bronze shade you can see in my Gold Spray Paint Comparison Post.

Related: Metallic Spray Paints.

Clear Coat

Valspar is my favorite, its So smooth. They offer satin, flat, and gloss. Rust-Oleum and Krylon have the three variations in finish as well but, to me they just are not as smooth.

Their mattes are just not as matte as Valspar. You want ‘ultra’ matte go for Valspar for sure.


Pink and aqua painted mason jar decor.
Valspar Colors

Another Valspar plus… I never have issue with wrinkling and bubbling like this picture. Krylon and Rust-Oleum do this more easily.

I go over why this happens in my paint tips post. As much as I’m a spray painting ‘pro’ it still happens to me sometimes!

Valspar is Perfect beginner spray painting, its practically drip proof.(The style cans with no caps like pictured above)

Rust-Oleum and Krylon easily drip, Particularly Krylons Color Masters.

Update: Rust-Oleum is pumping out some new shades lately I’m digging! I have to try! There are other color shades I didn’t go over in this post so feel free to ask about other colors.

More spray paint posts.

I covered some of the basic for shades. Ive used SO many colors! Ha ha.

Do you have a favorite shade and brand?

Mini update. Valspar has changed their look and has new colors. I haven’t tried the new colors but I took some quick cell phone shots last trip. πŸ™‚

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  1. I apologize if i missed it.,. Which brand stained glass paint so you prefer? Please and thank you!

    1. I have not tried any stained glass paint yet. Its on the ta do list! haha.

  2. Hello. Quick question. Which top coat of valspar do you use? Is it the grey bottle that says anti-armour?
    Thank you-cris

    1. I just use their basic clear coats. They have a matte, satin and gloss finish. Hope this helps. πŸ™‚

  3. thank you, i wanted to do ombre jars. the same color as one of your pictures that was an aqua with pink.

  4. How many mason jars can one can of spray paint can cover?

    1. About 5-7 pint size jars on average. Depends on the color/brand. Hope that helps. πŸ™‚

  5. Do you remember the names/brand of the last photo with the blue, ivory and pink?  Thanks!

    1. I dont remember the names but they are all Valspar colors. πŸ™‚

  6. My Valspar color radiance # 84510 flat white paint + primer was the worst spray paint I’ve ever used. After following directions, not only was there excessive spatter and the coverage density on the contrasting surface poor, the trigger required both thumbs to depress. My left thumb slipped and I broke the thumb nail. What a horrible design.

    1. Sorry to hear. You probably had a bad can, that has happened to me too. I returned it.

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  12. In the “Blue” category, can you please tell me what the middle (navy) color is? I know you said you like Valspar navy’s but you didn’t caption the picture with specific brand and color name. Thank you!

    1. Thats a Valspar color. I just looked in my spray paint stash and I dont have any left so I dont remember the name… Valspar and Rust-oleum have some good blue shades. πŸ™‚

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    1. Hiya I am thinking about spray painting a light to looked bronzed! But the posts I have seen the rustoleum looks black/ bronze. I’m thinking more of a browny bronze! What paint(s) do you suggest please? Many thanks

  14. Hi! Love your post! Wondering if you remember the name of that baby blue in the picture of blues above? It’s the first jar from the left. πŸ™‚

    1. Thats a Rustoleum color. Spa Blue is the name. πŸ™‚

  15. Just wondering what brand and colour you would suggest for a nice rose gold? I live in Canada and don’t have access to an actual rose gold, so I was leaning towards a copper. I am using the paint to paint centre pieces for our wedding. Thanks!

    1. Rustoleum or the Krylon. πŸ™‚ You can see my Rose gold post.

  16. Hi, these are all so pretty. Can you tell me what color and brand the jars in the 2nd picture of the post (the 3 soft blush color) is?


    1. That is Krylons High Heat paint. You can see more about it here. πŸ™‚

  17. Hi-I am new to pinterest and I want to say that I love your board. I have read and re-read your articles on spray painting too as this is new to me. I have a question for you-there were two jars that were green and I am wondering what shade those are? Thank you so much! Chris

    1. Both those shades are Rustoleum. I cannot remember the names. πŸ™‚

  18. Thank you for this blog! I wish I had read it before making my purchase!. I needed to match a paint my niece had purchase for her daughter’s bed. I only had time to go to Walmart, so Krylon and Rustoleum were the only brands available. Unfortunately, Rustoleum did not have the shade of pink that I needed, so I got the Krylon…. BIG MISTAKE. Now I am trying to fix the drips and uneven spray from the Krylon.

    1. Sand the drips smooth and repaint. It will look fine. πŸ™‚

  19. Hi, kelly. Your post is really helpful! I’m looking for the right color to paint my furnitures. I think the three colors in the last picture are colors that I’ve been looking for. Can you tell me what colors did you use?

    1. All three of those are Valspar brand. I cannot remember the names off the top. haha. Rustoleum has the same colors as well. πŸ™‚

  20. I am loving that middle one in the “browns” picture what color is it?

    1. Its a Valspar red with an aged top coat. πŸ™‚

  21. I have a wooden High chair that I’m spray painting. Its my first project too. I was wondering if its safe to put a clear covering or what type of seal, to protect the paint from coming off? Most important safe for my little one.

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  23. I am liking krylon less and less. I used ballet slipper on some wooden frame today and it bubbled up. I didn’t sand but I never have and it was never a problem before. I need to to stop being cheap and spring for the valspar. lol

    1. Ha ha, right. I like their pink color but, it can be chunky and weird. In my area the Valspar is usually about same price. πŸ™‚ The Rosy Cheeks 86016 is Valpars lighter pink, its a nice light pink like the Ballet Slipper. I hope that helps!

  24. Thanks for the great post! Very thorough!

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ I hope it helped you.

  25. Hi Kelly,
    I just started getting into spray painting, and while doing some research stumbled upon you blog. I cannot thank you enough for your posts, it has helped me tremendously. If you could name the colors used above will be really appreciated. Would you be able to name the satin navy blue and the chocolate brown used? I checked for rust oleum, but their navy blue and glossy. Thank you.

    1. Hi Natasha, Im glad it helped! πŸ™‚ The navy and the brown are both Vaslpar colors, they are satin finishes. I don’t have any cans in my stock so I cant remember the names! ha ha. If you cant find Valspar you just use a matte or satin finish top coat over the Rust-oleum so its not glossy. You can do this with any of the glossy colors to have the finish you like. πŸ™‚ I hope this helps!

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  27. Great post! Would you be able to tell me the Valspar and Rust-Oleum color names/finishes for the 2 pink mason jars. I am looking to paint a garden stool and really like the lighter pink color on the left but would settle for either.


    1. Thank you. πŸ™‚ They are both Valspar. The lighter one is called Rosy Cheeks 86016. I don’t have a can on hand for the other, I don’t remember the name! LOL Rust-oleum offers colors very close too. πŸ™‚

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  30. Hi! Thank you so much for posting this, it’s extremely helpful for someone new to DIY’s (like myself!)

    I’m looking to spray paint some plain lamps, and am in love with the mint/seafoamy color of the middle mason jar in the photo above the Turquoise & Aqua section. Do you have the specific name for that one? I think it’s Valspar, but I haven’t been able to find anything online that looks like that!

    1. You are welcome. πŸ™‚

      If you are looking for a mint green Valspar for sure. Their mint is called Flat La Fonda Mirage 86007. I personally love it, I think its the perfect shade of soft mint green and so smooth! Krylon has a minty/sea-foam colors too, more sea-foam over mint. Jade and Catalina Mist are the names.

      I hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  31. Love this! Any chance you have a breakdown of what brands per color you color chart has?

    1. I will one of these days! If there is a color you want to know, just let me know in the mean time. πŸ™‚

  32. Hi! The picture with the 3 jars with turquoise and aqua colors. Which color/brand is on the middle jar? I love that shade!

    1. Me too! That is Valspar. Rustoleum has a shade very similar too. πŸ™‚

  33. Hello!
    Great post, I’m wondering what you use for the rose gold colour as seen in your personal naming chart? I’m trying to spraypaint a chair! :))

    Happy crafting!

    1. The rose gold in my chart is Valspars Rose Gold.

  34. Hi Kelly,
    I ran across your site and wanted to first thank you so very much for the helpful information!

    Secondly, I see that you renamed the paint colors….can you please tell me what the “official color and brand” for your “Blush Gold” color?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. The blush gold is Krylon gold. πŸ™‚

  35. Hi Kelley,
    I loved your article on paint! I have searched high and low to find Valspar. I live near Boise, ID. I’ve tried Home Depot, Lowes, craft stores, Walmart, etc. Can you tell me if there is a specific store that carries this line?

    I would appreciate the feedback. I love all the colors you can get in Valspar:)

    Colette Moore

    1. As far as I know Lowes is the only one that carries Vaslpar. Check with the paint department, maybe they can order some for you. In my area I can order colors that the dont stock at my store, you have to order by the case though.(6 cans) They send on the truck when they do stock orders. I hope your Lowes can help. πŸ™‚

  36. Hi! I have a question about your picture you show with the names you have given the paint swatches…..I love the rose gold and the champagne color. What brand are both of those and where would I find them? Is there a color number or anything that would help me find it in the store? Thank you for your help!

    1. The Rose gold is Vaslpar and the Champagne color is Rustoleum. Its the Rustoleum with the trigger style spray heads.

  37. I commented on another post about the copper paint. I saw at Home Depot that vintage rose gold Rustoleum and I noticed you have a rose gold shown here as well is that the same paint?
    I wanted to see what it looked like.
    I’m painting a vintage 1971 dresser white and I can’t decide between copper handles or rose gold.

    1. Yes one of them is Valspar. The Valspar is a silverish pink over the other brands.

  38. Hi!

    Just wondering if you can tell me what your favorite copper color is and what brand? Also, in your color chart,what paint/brand is your “copper”?

    1. Hi, My favorite is Rustoleums copper, thats the one in the chart. πŸ™‚ Its in the green can like this one.

  39. Hi,
    Sorry for the randomness. But I am spray painting my door knobs…such fun. I started out with oil rubbed bronze, but it’s much blacker than I was hoping for. I was googling rustoleum metallics and your jars popped up. Do you mind telling me which color is which paint?

    1. Its quiet alright, ask away. πŸ™‚ If you are talking about the picture with all the metallic jars the top row left to right its the Oil Rubbed, Copper metallic, and Nickle. Second row left to right is Champagne, Burnished Amber, Aged Copper and Chestnut. I hope that helps! πŸ™‚

    2. Thank you so much! That is so helpful! One more question. For the metallics the finish is a little rough, do you have a clear coat that would smooth that out?
      Thanks again!!!!

    3. It shouldn’t be rough, maybe a bad can or needed more shaking? Those shades of Rustoleum metallics are a smooth finish. You can try a clear coat to smooth it a bit but, it might dull the finish, just add another light coat over the clear if it dulls it. Ive never put a clear coat on those Rustoleum shades. πŸ™‚

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