Whatever room you decide to paint, the cost of your paint can range quite dramatically. But what is the difference between a cheaper paint and a higher-end one? Many consumers are confused as to how to choose the right paint for their walls. Should you save up your money and go for the cheapest option? Or does that mean that you are sacrificing quality? If you go for the more expensive paint, will it be worth it? It’s hard to know! Keep reading to find out more.
Things You Should Know About Cheaper Paint
Cheaper paints will cost you less money, and that might seem like a great deal to you. But this is only an upfront bonus that will wear off soon after you start painting. Cheaper paints typically require more coats. This is because they are less opaque than their more expensive counterparts. So, in the end, you might not be saving much and you will probably have to make more trips to the hardware store. If not, you will have to deal with uneven patches on your walls.
Things You Should Know About More Expensive Paints
On the other hand, more expensive paints offer better opacity and, therefore, better coverage. Paint is made up of three things: solvents, pigments and binders. The solvent dissipates as the paint dries on your wall, and the pigment and binder are what remain with the binder holding the pigment together. The binder and pigment are the solids in a can of paint and the more of it that is present, the better coverage you will get from it.
If you’re painting over a darker colour, then the case for going with more expensive house paint becomes even stronger. Darker colours are obviously harder to paint over, especially if you choose a paint that has a low opacity. You will end up needing to use a lot of layers of paint, compared to using better quality, more expensive paint. In this case, the pricier the better.
If you value your time, it is definitely worth it to buy paints that are more expensive. This ensures that the coverage you get is even, and it will also take less time for you to finish painting your walls.
Even if you do go with more expensive paint, you should always be sure to prime your walls with a high-quality primer before you begin. You should also prep your walls by repairing any damage and filling in any holes. Primer will help you create an even surface to paint on and it will keep your paint from being absorbed into the wall creating patchiness. And if you plan on painting over a darker colour, the primer will help to cover up some of the dark paint, so you’ll need fewer coats of paint.
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