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Cheap Paint Vs. Quality Paint

All paints are not created equal.  Let’s take a look at some of the main differences between cheap and quality paint for the exterior of your home. 

While the cost of low grade paint is obviously less than that of quality paints, it is actually in the long run.  Due to cheap quality and lack of durability, inexpensive paint requires another application normally within 3 to 4 years.  The lack of quality ingredients in low grade paint make the paint more likely to chip, peel and blister more quickly than quality paint.  In addition low grade paints do not offer any type of warranty.

Although high quality paint costs more upfront, the higher quality equals a longer life. High quality paint normally lasts 10 to 15 years on good surfaces; saving you in the long run by avoiding costly repainting every few years.  Quality paint also has better ingredients, such as pigment, binders, liquids and additives that in the end, give you an easier application as well as better durability and color retention.  Quality paints often offer warranties providing peace-of-mind for homeowners and protecting their investment for years to come.

Let’s take this a step further. Low grade paint is usually around 1-1 1/2 mills thick if applied correctly. To give a general idea on thickness, this would resemble a clear light weight bathroom trash bag. Mid grade paint is usually around 4 mills thick if applied correctly (Sherwin Williams 25 year Super paint). To give you a general idea on thickness, this would resemble a heavy weight black construction or garage trash bag typically 3-4 mills thick. High grade paint is usually around 8 mills thick if applied correctly (Sherwin Williams Lifetime Duration Paint). Which to give you a general idea on thickness, this would resemble (2) heavy weight black construction or garage trash bag typical 3-4 mills thick. As you can see there is a big difference in qualities of paint just in thicknesses.

Using high grade paint normally costs $400-$700 more using a professional painting contractor in Wichita Kansas. Low grade paint only has a life span of 3-4 years. Therefore it will actually cost 4 times as much to use low grade paint versus high grade paint.

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