Choosing the Right Paint Products

Painting Tips and Techniques 25/07/2019

While making the decision to paint is fairly simple, choosing the best paint for the job might not be such an easy task. Some people who have painted before may have their own preferences and opinions.

Others may seek input from family and friends, both on which products are best and which products to avoid when it comes to painting. Cost may be a factor in your decision, but it shouldn’t be the sole decision maker. After all, the real cost is in the labour that is involved, and quality matters if you want to save a lot of effort on any paint job.

The Master Painters Institute, or MPI, provides an in-depth analysis of paint products. This analysis includes a review of their qualities, uses or applications, and the components used in the product, and is probably more information than the average consumer would ever seek. It is available for those who want something beyond a typical review or user recommendation. At the very least, you should check consumer ratings, read product information, and look at reviews to determine which paint products and brands are most effective.

Paint Manufacturers 101

The first thing that will simplify your decision is the fact that every major paint manufacturer has a line of “good, better, best” products. They also have a wide selection of paint brands and product lines to choose from. Rather than trying to find the best specific product, you may fare better to look to the best manufacturers. In Canada, those include:

  • Dulux (PPG Paints)
  • Benjamin Moore
  • Sherwin Williams

All of these manufacturers have a fairly level playing field in terms of the qualities of their top brands. The differences are so negligible in high-end paint products that you should see great results from any of these three manufacturers.

In addition to the top brands, these companies also produce a number of brands and products that meet lesser standards, as briefly mentioned above. You might wonder why a company would even sell a “good” product when they have one that is better, but when it comes to paint, everything has a place. Builder’s paint is the perfect example. This category of cheaper paint products look good enough and provide an easy application, but they aren’t going to provide the longevity and coverage of a higher quality paint. For someone who is painting for the short-term purpose of a home sale, this cheaper option would be ideal. For the average homeowner looking to renovate their home, a higher quality product will be required.

Dulux Speedwall, for example, is a great primer for new homes but doesn’t provide any coverage or adhesion over old paint. The point is to think about the job that you are doing, and what quality of paint products you need to get the job done right. If you can’t decide, feel free to consult the professionals.

Remember That the Best Product Might Not Always Be the Right Product

As a general rule of thumb, a higher price point does not guarantee a higher quality product. In many cases, people assume that if they are spending more money, they are getting a better product. However, even some top-of-the-line paint brands have coverage issues or other problems that make them less-than-desirable.

In other cases, a lower-quality product might actually provide the solution that you need when a high-end paint product can’t. Such is the case with Dulux Ultra Hide paint, which is nowhere near the top of the line but provides solid coverage without lap marks or shadows, making it ideal as a ceiling paint. For deep colours, again the price point of the product is less important than the coverage quality and brightness.

These are both examples of when looking at the qualities and properties of a paint is more important than worrying about where it ranks in the product lineup. We always look at the job that needs to be done and then find the right paint, regardless of whether it ends up being the “best” paint on the market or not.

Do You Get What You Pay For?

As a general rule of thumb, a better quality product should be priced a little higher than a lower quality product of the same variety. However, you should never buy paint just because it is more expensive. When looking at a $25 can of paint compared to a $50 can of the same type of paint, look past the price tag and compare these elements instead:

  • Brand reputation and quality
  • Manufacturer
  • What you are painting
  • What factors matter (coverage, durability, etc.)

Got Questions? We Can Help!

Whether you’re working on a DIY project or looking for professional painters to go with the advice, we are always here to provide assistance with finding the right products for the job. At Elite Trade Painting of Edmonton, we are willing to share our experience and insights to ensure all of your projects get the best paint job, no matter how big or small they might be. Between our assistance and the staff at your local paint store, it should be easy to get everything that you need.

Our project managers will be more than happy to assist you in selecting the perfect paint for every project. You can get in touch with us by calling 1-877-663-5483, or by calling our local number in the Edmonton, ON area at 780-989-3738.

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