Perhaps you found a color that inspires you. In fact, it inspires you so much that you’re ready to pick up a paintbrush and get to work. But, painting is more than just choosing your dream color, it’s also about making sure you have the best quality paint possible. So before you apply your new favorite color to your wall, here’s what you need to know about high quality paint and why it’s a must for your next DIY project.
What Does High Quality Paint Look Like
We all want paint that doesn’t just look pretty on the wall, but can hold up against anything life throws at it (and if you have children or pets, you know this to be a literal concern). So, you need a paint that is durable, has long-lasting color, keeps dirt and grime off walls, is mildew- and mold-resistant and is easy to clean. Does that perfect, superhero-like paint exist? Yes, and it all starts with what is in your paint can.
A great quality paint mixture will have larger amounts of solids like pigmentation and resin. Pigmentation is your paint’s color and resin is the binding agent that makes the pigments stick together. The two of these combined solids allow your paint to apply thicker and adhere better to your wall, giving it a longer lifespan.
Additionally, your paint’s finish, or the amount of sheen it contains, is another key ingredient for quality paint. Sheen is a wonder when it comes to durability. It adds a protective, hard-shell layer to your paint that will keep dirt off and make it easier to clean. Each paint finish falls onto the following spectrum of how much sheen they contain:
- Flat/ Matte: Little to no sheen
- Eggshell: Small amounts of sheen
- Satin: Medium amount of sheen
- Semi-Gloss: Medium-high amount of sheen
- Gloss: High amount of sheen
So if your paint needs to be foolproof against any little hands or paws, aim for a paint with a high amount of sheen.
How to Spot Low-Quality Paint
Unfortunately, there’s paint in the world that may look great, but is actually low-quality paint in disguise. This type of paint touts itself as a more “cost-effective” option, but at the end of the day, it will provide less coverage, require more coats (even for lighter colors) and only last for a few years at best; which means spending more money in the long run.
How do you spot this imposter? Low quality paint will have more solvents than solids. Solvents, otherwise known as a carrier, are the liquids used to transport the paint’s ingredients to your wall. These solvents evaporate as the paint dries. This means your paint’s layer will be thinner and less durable.
We’re All About High Quality Paint
At James T. Davis, we’ve been creating the highest quality paint since 1936. Every can of paint we create has the best ingredients and is made to last throughout all of your life and family moments. Stop by our design gallery and we’ll pair you with the best paint and tools for the job!