Liquid Ceramic Paint
LESLIE: Now we’re going to welcome Juanita from North Carolina with a painting question. What can we do for you today?JUANITA: I’d like to know, please, what you know about the liquid ceramic paint. I understand that it’s considerably more expensive and it’s something that originated in Canada maybe 20, 20-something years ago. I understand it goes on like really thick as far as so many mils thick compared to regular paint and that it breathes and I just wondered if you had any feedback or any information on that.
TOM: Juanita, I am not that familiar with liquid ceramic as a coating in particular but we did do a little research about it on their website and my sense is that it’s a product that is sold to professional installers or painters and that they sell it to you. Is that what’s happening?
JUANITA: Yes, sir.
TOM: OK. You know, there are a number of products out there that claim to be pretty much better than paint and there’s not much wrong with the painting products that are available today and if they’re put on properly; if the surface is prepped right; if it’s primed; if there’s good workmanship involved, you can get a good-quality paint job today that can last you 10-plus years. So, I’m not so sure that some of these alternatives to traditional paint really make any sense; especially when I read on their website that the cost of this is two to three times what it would cost for a standard paint.
JUANITA: Yeah, I understand that but then, too, it was talking about the thickening agent was titanium dioxide.
TOM: Titanium dioxide is a normal ingredient in paint. There’s nothing special about that. I would stick with a name-brand manufacturer of paint; one that’s tried and true, has got a good history behind it and you know the main brands that are out there. I’m talking about the Sherwin-Williams, the Behrs, the Benjamin Moores, the Dutch Boys. Good-quality paint product like that, properly applied, is going to give you better bang from your buck than anything else.
Juanita, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.