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What is quality when it comes to paint?

No matter what kind of paint you choose, you’ll find a variety of prices and a wide range of quality. You’ll pay less per gallon for lower quality paints, but don’t let that fool you. You generally get more for your money, and a much better value, with a higher quality paint.

Why a High Quality in Paint Means High Value

A good quality paint goes on faster and easier.

* Good Hiding and Flow means the paint will go on with less brushing, less retouching, etc.

* You may need LESS COATS to achieve good hiding and an attractive uniform appearance.

* Less Spattering can mean faster, easier cleanup.

For exterior work, the cost per year is lower with a top quality paint. If the surface is properly prepared and you use the right tools, you’ll need to repaint less often and there will be less maintenance. You probably won’t have mildew to remove, nor should you have to worry about chalking, cracking, etc.

For interior work, you should expect a top quality paint to last longer and give you more value. A quality paint resists dirt and staining better, and stands up to repeated cleaning better than an "economy" paint.

How Paint Ingredients Affect Quality

Pigments provide color or whiteness and hiding

* Top quality paints have higher levels of high-hiding pigments

* Top quality exterior paints have more durable pigments that resist chalking
and fading better

They "bind" the pigment into a tough, continuous film and help the paint adhere to the surface.

* Top quality flat paints have a higher binder to pigment ratio.

* Many top quality exterior latex paints are based on 100% acrylic binders for maximum:

- adhesion when wet for resistance to blistering and peeling
- resistance to mildew and dirt
- alkali resistance over fresh masonry

Liquids carry the pigment and binders. In oil-based and alkyd paints, the liquid is a paint thinner. In latex paints, the liquid is water.

* Top quality paints have less liquid and more solids (pigment & binders).

Ingredients used at low levels to provide key properties, such as:

* Mildew Resistance (mildewcide), found in quality exterior paints.

* Better Flow & Leveling

* Spatter Resistance

Application Properties Associated with Quality in Paint

for Interior Paints
Excellent flow and leveling
Smoothness for a Good Appearance
Superior Hiding
Better Appearance; Speed of Application; May Need Fewer Coats
Low Spatter when Rolling
Less to Clean Up, Speedier Job

Resistance Properties Associated with Quality in Paint

for Interior Paints
High degree of adhesion
Less chance of blistering, peeling; stands up better to dampness, washing
Scrub Resistant
Stands up to cleaning
Burnish Resistance
Won't get shiny when rubbed or cleaned
Stain Resistance
Won't absorb dirt; easy to keep clean
Block Resistance
Won't stick when surfaces touch