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The Difference Between High and Low Quality Paints

Updated on June 15, 2017

Quality Over Quantity Wins Every Time.

When you walk into your local paint store, you're obviously going to look for the best bang for your buck. Spending a fortune on a room is hard to justify. Sometimes you wonder if there is even a difference between the expensive and budget paints...

I'm here to tell you that there is a significant difference. So much in fact that if you've only been using budget paints you've probably cost yourself hundreds of unnecessary dollars. (Depending on how long you've been a homeowner/ occupant).

The main problem with the budget paints is that they use fillers and additives that create thin, runny paints that require 2-3 coats to achieve a smooth and solid color. To top it all off, it may not even turn out to be the same shade as advertised. Because once the paint dries, all the water inside will dry and will remove a lot of the darkness.

But what creates all these problems? What's the difference in ingredients that causes all the frustration and extra work? Keep reading to find out.

If You Want The Premium Look, You've Got To Pay For The Premium Ingredients

Just like cheap food, cheap paint is loaded with fillers to help keep its shine and initial colors. Compounds such as silicon and clay are often found in budget paints to help keep cost down. When instead your paint should actually be using titanium dioxide, a pure white powder which helps spread the color out and requires fewer coats of paint than when using silicon or clay based paints.

Another reason to always choose premium paints is due to the "binders" that reside within each paint recipe. Binders are essentially what lets the paint stick to walls and surfaces. The better the binders, the deeper the penetration and the richer the color looks. Good binders also preserve the paint and allow for a significantly higher wall life.

All paint has water. It has to. What else would they add to make it run? The thing is though, that premium paints have ridiculously less water. Water dilutes and weakens the color once the paint dries. Budget paints use a lot of water because it allows the paint to be "puffier" and appear thicker. Like I said though, it dries up and makes what was a rich and beautiful color, a dull and almost regrettable shade.

Some premium paints even include primers and additives in their paints, which saves you a lot of time and effort.

Conclusion: It Comes Down To What You Want

No one can tell you what to use for your home, or how much you should be spending. That all depends on your budget and how much you're wanting to invest. While budget paints can be a good temporary fix, they definitely don't give you the professional grade finish that premium paints do.

Just remember to do your research, ask some questions and make an educated decision before choosing your next paint brand!


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    • Travis Bird profile image

      Travis J Bird 10 months ago from Ottawa

      Thank you! That means a lot for a young writer!

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 10 months ago from the short journey

      Comparing cheap paints to cheap analogy for the health of our homes is important. Making informed decisions about the products helps keep our investment safer.