It’s human nature to want to get the best bang for your buck. So why buy higher end paint? The number of reasons may surprise you! Paint comes in a variety of types specifically designed for different purposes. Within those types, there are also a variety of quality levels. So how do you choose which paint is right for you? At Pro Paint Inc., we’re here to help you get the most from you paint.
You don’t always save when you buy cheaper.
I’m as guilty as everyone else when it comes to reaching for the cheapest price without checking the facts. Before you reach for that cheap gallon of paint, think it over… How much is your time worth? How soon do you want to have to repaint? Let me share some facts that may change the way you think about paint.
Paint is made up of 3 main components, solids, binders, and liquid. Within those components, there are different quality levels. Cheaper paints use cheaper, less refined solids and binders. The result is a paint that while it may do the job, you may use more paint, costing you extra dollars, and your paint job won’t last as long, costing you even more.
Higher quality isn’t as expensive as you think.
When you buy higher end paint, the benefits are almost endless. You may initially put out more money per gallon, but you’ll use less paint, and with all those benefits come cost savings over time.
Here’s a list of some of them:
• Better dirt resistance means less scrubbing resulting in longer paint life. $$
• Better Mildew resistance means less repaints. $$
• Better coverage means using less paint, as well as less time. $$$
• More refined solids mean less brush lines or roller marks. $$
• Thicker paint means less splatter, and less damage to flooring, and trim. $$
• Less chalking in Exterior paint means less repaints. $$
• Better flexibility in Exterior paint means less cracking, peeling, or blistering resulting in less repaints. $$$$
• What this means for you is that the extra $5 to $10 per gallon you spend in the beginning will save you a whole lot more in the long run!
Here are a couple of scenarios:
Joe buys bargain paint and paints the exterior of his house with it. He initially buys 15 gallons of paint costing him $450. His other painting supplies cost him another $50. The paint doesn’t cover well so he has to apply a third coat. He buys another 8 gallons costing him another $240. After 5 years the paint starts to crack and peel and looks chalky. It’s time to repaint. Only this time he’ll have to scrape and prime because the peeling paint took the primer with it. The primer costs him an additional $300. Over 20 years Joe spends $3860 on paint and supplies and paints his house 4 times.
Joe’s neighbor Mike buys higher quality paint for his exterior. He buys 10 gallons of primer and 15 gallons of paint, costing him $1075 and spends about $50 on painting supplies. The paint covers well, and he has more than enough to paint his house. 20 years later, Mike’s house still looks great. He only spent $1125 on paint and supplies. Mike saved himself $2735 and a whole lot of work!
Mary and Tina are both painting their kitchens. They go shopping together and end up choosing the same color. Mary buys the cheapest paint spending about $50 for two gallons of paint and some supplies. Tina buys better quality paint and spends $90 for two gallons of paint and some supplies. Mary starts painting and the paint doesn’t cover well so she heads back to the store for two more gallons spending $40 more. Tina paints her kitchen with her two gallons and has a little left over for touch ups. They both spent the same amount of money, but Tina was done in half the time. But that’s not the end of it. After 2 years, Mary has to repaint. Her cheaper paint didn’t clean up well and looks terrible. She spends another $90 on paint. Tina’s kitchen still looks like it did the day she painted it. Over 4 years’ time, Mary spent twice as much, and did 4 times the work.
In a Nutshell
So before you buy that bargain paint, ask yourself these questions:
How much is my time worth?
How soon do I want to repaint?
How much money is this really going to cost me over time?
Pro Paint Inc. has a wide range of high quality paints to choose from. Come into our store and we will help you find the best paint for the job, giving you peace of mind, and saving you time, and money.