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The Difference Between High Quality and Low Quality Paints

May 4th, 2016

phillips after 4Painting your home can seem like a never-ending to-do list. There are colors to choose, edging to tape, drop clothes to be laid out, purchasing the paint(s) for your project to complete…the list can go on.  As with so many aspects of life, paint is one of those things that you get what you pay for.  While one open can of paint may look similar to the next, there are big differences between inexpensive and high-quality paints.

Before determining which paint to purchase, you must first be aware of the different ingredients contained in the paints, and how these ingredients can vary from one paint to another. Paint has four main components: pigment, resin, solvents, and additives.

  • Pigments are the finely ground particles that help the product cover the surface it is applied to. Better quality paints contain more pigment for a much more saturated, complete, coverage. Note: Pigments are not the same as colorants, which give the paint your selected hue.
  • Resins hold the pigments in place to the painted surface after the product dries. Lower quality paint will oftentimes have less resin present.
  • Solvents are liquids that transport the above ingredients from the brush onto the wall. In latex paint, the main solvent is water; in oil-based paint, it’s primarily mineral spirits. Solvents evaporate as the paint dries.
  • Additives are chemicals that can affect everything from workability to mildew resistance. Most high quality paints like Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore will have proprietary blends of additives that increase their value and longevity.

Higher end paints have better ingredients, but cost may still be a factor, drawing you to the lower end ones. However, consider that purchasing higher quality (i.e. more expensive) paint at the beginning of a project can save your investment in the long run. The reason? Purchasing more paint (from the lower end of the spectrum) and applying additional coats is the only solution to streaky, thin coverage. In addition, poor quality paint may not last as long, requiring you to repaint sooner.

The rationale for buying high quality paint goes beyond just price. Here are 14 additional reasons to keep in mind when you are paint shopping:

  1. Better adhesion to the surface being painted.
  2. Better hiding capability.
  3. Less likely to fleck off when applying them.
  4. Top quality paints go on evenly.
  5. Touch up better when needed.
  6. Better stain resistance.
  7. Scrub resistant.
  8. More consistent color coverage.
  9. Lower quality paints get shiny when they’re scrubbed; top quality paints have less of a tendency to do so.
  10. Top quality paints are less susceptible to sticking.
  11. Heightened resistance to the tendency of paint film to take on the imprint of an object that is placed on it.
  12. Increased mildew resistance.
  13. Improved fade resistance.
  14. Deeper color saturation.

When it comes to selecting paint, quality does matter. Whether you’re considering adhesion or durability, a better-quality paint will give you better service – in the short and long term. We are proud to feature custom Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore paint and applicators to achieve the results you want, regardless of what the project calls for. Contact us by phone at 303-885-4514 and tell us about your painting needs. We’ll look forward to hearing from you!

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