“You get what you pay for” goes for paint and supplies as well.
For the painter, it is important to get the best value out of the products chosen. Painting materials must guarantee some degree of durability to retain their worth over time. You look for something else if they don’t.
What separates a quality paint product from one at the bottom of the barrel? One is a quality-formulated product; the other pretends to be one, particularly as they try to compete.
Typically, you can rely on a paint product which is a high-end brand name. And within that, the most expensive is normally the best. The reason is research and development.
When a company focuses on making a better, longer lasting product, the result should be a more durable product. At the same time, the manufacturers of all higher-end products do try to make improvements to even their lower-end, cheaper materials.
When it comes to paint, here’s what you should look for:
- amount of pigment.
- volume of solvent. CAUTION: Some paints have more water than they should.
- cost per gallon, versus the cost per five-gallon unit (not more than $15/$130.)
- paint is not manufactured by a foreign subsidiary of main brand.
- product has UV protection. TIP: If it doesn’t the surface may oxidize faster.
- binder percentages in paint are equivalent to similar priced and types of paint.
- viscosity test level information. TIP: My opinion: Paint is worthless if the material is too thin.
- “Paint with primer” added is a misnomer. CAUTION: The chemistry of either cannot be combined to produce the same results as when the primer is applied by itself, then later the finish paint.
About Primers. A primer bonds to the surface. It provides a porous anchoring surface that the top coat to which it can bond effectively.
“Paint with primer” products skip one critical step. Be careful about this, especially if you’re an experienced painter. The time and money you think you are saving, along with the idea that your work has become easier, diminishes the actual quality of the job itself. You could be painting something twice in a year instead of once.
Now, who has the best Paint?
The two central choices are Glidden and Sherwin Williams. They have a long and valued reputation for making high quality, long lasting and moderately priced coatings. For the price, they are also the most diverse in their product types. Sherwin Williams, by far, has the best industrial line.
In its response to the residential market, the Behr paint line is exceptional, as well, although the pricing is somewhat higher than Glidden. For stains, Minwax and Olympic are without real competition. They also have a long history behind them. In the automotive industry, I would rate DuPont as the best option.
What are the most durable paints?
The three that I select the most are the following:
- Elastomeric compounds for exterior commercial masonry surfaces,
- Two-part Urethanes for automotive refinishing,
- Two-part Epoxy products for commercial/industrial corrosion and abrasion resistance.
Within reason and knowledge of these products, they may be purchased and applied by the general public.
A True On-Site Story…
I once painted a smoke stack with a silicon, heat resistant alkyd paint. The label said the product was resistant up to 600 degrees Farenheit.
After two days of curing, the smoke stack was put back into service. That same day the paint bubbled and peeled off, sending sheets of paint floating to the ground. It had been shown that the temperature of the metal heated to a consistent 625 degrees. Was it the paint product’s fault?
Several days later, I repainted the stack with another heat resistant product. This time it was a high-heat, aluminum fibered material. Once the stack became heated, everything turned out fine, no loose or peeling paint. In this case, I said it was the paint. Go figure.
Every experienced painter has a less than favorable on-site story to relate. Hopefully, yours had a positive ending, like mine did. Eventually.
Best wishes from “Painting with Bob.”
Copyright 2017. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.