Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Choosing Quality Paint
The price of any service is based on the time and skill involved in performing the service. The costs of the materials used in the service are also taken into account, but you're not just buying the materials, so that won't be the largest part of the expense.
This is as true of painting as of anything else. The price of the paint is not the most important part of a professional painting job. Paying for the skills and experience of a professional painter and then jibbing at the cost of the paint they suggest is short sighted. You'll end up paying for the same skills and experience but the job won't last as long and you'll have to pay for it again sooner than if you'd used high quality paint.
What is high quality paint?
One of the most important factors is the pigment used in the paint. Mineral pigments like titanium dioxide make paints perform better, last longer, and look better. Chalk is cheaper, but it doesn't reflect light in the same way, and the results will be different.
The amount of solids in the paint is another factor. For example, Dulux exterior paint contains 52% solids: that's how much of the paint is left after it dries. More liquid means less colour on the walls. However, some cheap paints contain fillers to give them a creamier consistency in the can.
Just as you'll get better results with better quality paint, you'll get better results from any paint if it's applied correctly. Do some research on your painter and on your paint and you'll be happy with your results.
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