What Makes A Quality Paint?

Quality Paint

For a painting job to be a success, choosing good quality paint is necessary. Although cutting costs may be an option to save money, it does not necessarily mean you should cut corners. Good paint covers imperfections on the wall and you will no longer have to add extra coats of paint as it has better coverage. Another reason to buy a better paint is its ability to provide flawless finish on the wall. You will also avoid repainting the wall because the dirt and grime can be easily removed.

There are various additives added to the paint such as resins, binders, pigments and additives. The pigments are responsible for giving the paint color while the binders help it dry.


Pigments can either be made up of natural or synthetic materials. There are two types of pigments: prime pigments and extender pigments. Prime pigments provide the paint’s primary color. More often than not, prime pigments can only be found in high quality paints as they are very expensive. Extender pigments are cheaper than prime pigments. They are not doing a good job when it comes to hiding imperfections. You need to apply paint to get rid of dirt, marks or grime.


The binder is the paint’s film forming component. It consists of acrylics, polyesters, epoxy, oils and resins. The binders control how the wet paint cures or dries once it is put on the wall. The binder turns into a solid film on the paint’s top layers once the water component of the paint evaporates. Since latex paint is water-based, it can be cleaned up using water. When it comes to the paint’s curing time, the binder must be taken into consideration. Latex paints simply dry while enamel paints have the tendency to cure.


The latex paint is composed of water, which is known for regulating viscosity of the paint. Viscosity refers to the paint’s thickness and since water has a low viscosity, the paint will be easier to spread on the wall. Thinner paints can cover more wall surface than thicker paints. However, thinner paints do not work well in covering imperfections. This is why, paint with a higher viscosity is recommended to cover imperfections.


The price of the paint can also be affected by the additives found in it. Manufacturers may put in an additive such as defoamers, surfactants, biocides and thickeners. The thickeners are added so the paint can cover the wall with a thicker paint layer. Surfactants are intended for preventing paint components while biocides prevent mildew when paint is applied on wet areas. Defoamers also get rid of bubbles that are formed when paint is applied.

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