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Choosing Quality Paint

Updated on March 14, 2011

The weather is getting better and you need to do some repainting jobs in and outside of your home. Choosing paints is an important decision. You want to keep in mind that the paint you end up choosing will give you no maintenance up keeping for many years to come, thus saving you time and money.

Also depending on your pocket, this will influence you on your decision on paints. Understand that a cheap paint may look like a bargain, but it could very well only last two years, as with good quality or premium paints that costs twice or three times more, could last 7 or 10 or even more years depending on how harsh the elements are where you live.

Manufacturers need to charge more for their finest quality paints as it contains more of the more costly ingredients. Quality paints use more added products such as pigments, bonding agents, solvents and some varying content of titanium dioxide.

This fine white powder called titanium dioxide that is expensive, that is mixed in to the paint blend by manufacturers, is what is going to give the paint strength when it dries and therefore more durability.

Paint manufacturers have a great diversity in the quality and price of paints that you can choose from. Talk to your local paint supplier and ask them to help you in choosing paints that fits your requirements.

When Comparing a paints range from only one manufacturer the price variety and names are frequently good way to help you make a decision. The more expensive the paint, usually means the more ingredients that manufacturer has put in to make it a more durable paint and needs to pass on those costs.

The "touch test" is a hand's on experience to test the quality paint that you can use. After you have selected your paint, have it vigorously shaken and let it settle for a while. Open the can and dip your thumb and index finger just slightly into the paint, with your thumb doing a circular motion, feel the texture of the paint on your fingers.

Good quality paints will feel smooth, silky and heavy, while lower quality paints will have a hard and coarse touch, meaning a low quality ingredient blend and also a too much of a watery feel to it on cheap paints that manufacturers have added to much water or thinner.

Once you have decide on your paint, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and do not thin it too much thinking it will give you more coverage, it´s a big mistake, you will only be reducing drastically it´s qualities.

Scrape and or power wash the surface to remove any dirt and loose paint. Do not paint directly to a wall that has not been previously prepared.

Painting over unprepared walls is like throwing money away and wasting time. Fill in any cracks on the wall if you see any and give it time to dry.

If you want to make the paint last even longer you could firstly apply a primer-sealer and that will help in bonding when you apply your chosen paint.


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