What’s the difference between a cheap paint and an expensive paint? When you go in to any paint store in Toronto the choices are overwhelming. Multiply that by the number of different paint brands available in the city and choosing paint becomes quite a task! Prices can range from $25/gallon to over $100/gallon which further confuses the issue, are the high end paints really worth the extra cost?
In general, the more expensive a paint is, the better it will perform. More expensive paint generally has more additives in it for better coverage, adhesion and durability. And since paint is generally less than 20% of the cost of a project, it’s better to spend a little extra in this area to ensure that the money you’re spending on labour is getting the best ROI. But first…
How do we choose which paint to use on your painting project?
It’s important to us that we receive the best possible customer service from the paint brands we deal with, so we select brands who assign us a personal sales rep, or have excellent in-store advice. There are many different options available and expert advice from the manufacturer ensures that we get proper primers and paints for the surfaces we are painting. Currently, we like to use Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore, not that there aren’t good quality paints other than these in the marketplace, we just like the level of service we get from these 2 manufacturers.
What are the advantages of quality paint?
More expensive paint offers better adhesion
Lower quality paint has difficulty adhering to certain surfaces. Painting over any old oil paint or any type of glossy surface is prone to failure if a lower quality paint is used. High quality paints and primers are able to bind on to these surfaces without chipping or peeling. In conjunction with the paint manufacturer, we specify the best paint system for the surface whether that’s a coat of primer, then paint, or just a light sand and then a high quality paint.
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When changing colours, it always makes sense to use a top quality paint. These paints offer better coverage, or hide, meaning that the colour will look solid in fewer coats. If a surface can be properly covered in 2 coats instead of 3, the extra cost of the product is more than made up for in the savings of labour.
More expensive paint gives exceptional durability
Let’s face it, if you’re planning on staying in your home for a while, you’d rather get 8 years out of a paint job, rather than 4. In terms of exterior painting, a high quality paint can withstand weather extremes and moisture penetration better than a lower quality paint. In terms of interior, a high quality paint can resist scuffs, dings from vacuums, cleaning solvents, etc. better than a lower quality paint. All of this contributes to not having to paint your place as often, which saves you money in the long run.
These are the benefits of using top quality paint. It will add on to the price of your painting project, but in the long run, it will give you a better looking, more durable paint job. I would advise that when you are looking for a painting contractor to paint your Toronto home, consider only those that use high quality paints. CAM Painters always uses top quality paint for these reasons exaclty.
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