The Painting Solution: Episode 6



It’s Episode 6 and now that the colour selection has been decided, we are going to elaborate on how to choose a high-quality paint. Compromising on the quality of your next painting job by using cheap paint that has inferior product quality and finish is a big no-no and will end up costing far more in the long run.


To most of us, quality paint is a paint that goes on easily, covers well and lasts a long time. However, since all paint looks pretty much the same in the can, finding the best quality paint can be a challenge. Both price and reputation are very good indicators of quality within a product line.


Simplistically, premium quality paint saves you work and money. If you only need to paint your house once every five years instead of every second year, you can see that paying even twice as much for quality paint in the long run will be less expensive both in terms of money and your effort. At the end of the day, your property is an investment and should always be maintained.


A can of quality paint will contain a higher volume of solid materials (including pigment and binder) than do ordinary paints. In the case of top quality acrylic paints, that means more solids and less water. Therefore, if a top-quality paint and an ordinary paint were applied at the same spread rate, the top-quality paint would dry to a thicker paint film due to its higher solids content and provide you with better coverage. This can mean finishing the job with 2 coats instead of 3.


Higher quality paints will also have higher levels of premium pigment than lower quality paints. This makes them more chalk resistant on exterior exposure, providing better colour retention and durability. Higher quality paints stay looking good for longer. One of the worst things about painting can be the mess that is made during application. By choosing high quality paints, mess will be minimised and so clean up will be much quicker and easier.


How do you tell good quality paint from lesser quality when they’re in the can? It’s simple but true – you get what you pay for. When comparing paint quality within a single manufacturer’ paint line, price is the best way to compare. The higher-priced paint in the line will be better quality since a manufacturer will charge more for the quality ingredients in their paint.


A good exterior paint is 100 percent acrylic latex. The formula consists of three main components:

  • Pigments, which provide the colour.
  • Binders, which hold the pigment to the wall.
  • Solvents, which make the paint spreadable.


As paint dries, the solvent evaporates, leaving behind only the pigments and binders. These are known as volume solids. Higher quality paints are generally higher in volume solids. They may also have better binders, which will hold the pigments in place longer. This improves durability.


To determine the percentage of volume solids in a brand of paint, check the manufacturer’s website or ask your local distributor for a Technical Data Sheet. In general, paints labelled “premium” or “super-premium” are likely to be higher in volume solids than budget brands.


Once again, thanks for reading and we trust the information shared above will help you in selecting the best product for you!