Is it worth buying high quality paint?

The cost of paint is always a consideration which has the potential to provide headaches. If you buy low quality, generally cheaper paint, are you sacrificing quality? If you go for a higher quality, generally more expensive option, are you paying for something which could be done just as well with other paints? This article weighs the pros and cons. 

The truth about lower quality, generally cheaper paint

Cheap paint costs less because it has a lower solids content. This means that if you’re to get an even coat, you’re going to need to use more paint than a higher quality option.

The case for expensive paint

High quality paints are generally more expensive as they tend to have more solids – i.e. more binder and pigments – these provide better coverage on your wall.

This becomes most important when you paint over a dark colour which has a transparent base that is notoriously difficult to cover. You can consider that it would take 3 coats of high-quality paint to do this job, as opposed to many more coats, of a lower quality paint.

This leads us to the time factor. The more coats you need to paint, with a lower quality product, the longer the drying time, the longer it’ll take to complete the project.

The importance of priming

Whatever paint you choose, take the time to prep and prime your walls. Start by repairing holes and sanding rough surfaces smooth, then apply the primer. This ensures that your paint is applied evenly and won’t be absorbed by the wall, leaving ugly patches.

Primer also smoothens blemishes that appear beneath the surface of paint and helps lighten the load in terms of how many coats are needed to cover dark surfaces.

Choose the Pelham Painters option

Our crew at Pelham Painters in Hobart take pride in providing quality advice when it comes to paint choice. Get in touch to ensure that your next paint job is long-lasting and lovely to look at.