How to pick a paint that will last the longest
Paint selection for an interior painting project involves several decisions, from selecting that just-right shade to settling on a sheen. The paint point that can have the biggest impact on results is one that most folks don’t really think about: paint quality.
Quality in a paint formulation of course means higher cost, but it’s a worthwhile investment when you consider that labor is pretty much the only other expense involved in a painting project and one you don’t want to have to do over again in just a few years’ time because the paint you applied hasn’t held up.
- Perfected pigments: Best-quality paints have the higher levels of more durable, color-hiding pigments, and do a better job of resisting fading and chalking.
- Better binders: You get better, smoother adhesion to surfaces when pigments are bound into a tough, continuous paint film.
- Less liquid: Pigments and binders are carried by liquid, with the liquid being water in latex paints and paint thinner in oil-based and alkyd paints. With a top-quality formula, you’ll have less liquid and more critical solids.
- Advantageous additives: Present in low levels, additives provide extra advantages in quality paint, such as better flow and leveling, splatter resistance, and mildew resistance.
Quality paint gives your results greater longevity, to the tune of about five years more than the cheaper formulations you might be tempted to buy. It’ll also be more scrub- and stain-resistant, won’t get that shiny, burnished look when cleaned or rubbed, and has less chance of blistering and peeling.
After investing in the best paint quality you can find, give it and yourself a head start to a great finish with proper surface preparation, masking and priming. Then paint with precision, and sit back and enjoy the results!