This post is one in a series on remodeling small bathrooms. As well as one within the sub-series on your options for bathroom remodeling materials. As well as one devoted to the differences and qualities of paint.
To access any of the lead posts, please select one of the links in the prior sentences.
The focus of this post is how quality ingredients make for quality paints. In other words, there is a good reason why more expensive paint is more expensive.
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You probably did not realize that there are 15 to 20 ingredients in paint, unless of course you’re a chemist to formulates paint.
What those ingredients are matter. Higher quality paints have higher quality ingredients and paints of different sheens have those ingredients in different amounts.
Having said that, all the paint you will ever buy contains ingredients that fall into a few meaningful categories.
Higher quality paints have more total solids, which are pigments and resins. Lower quality paints have less total solids.
Pigments are finely ground particles of stuff that give paint it’s ability to cover. Colorants are what is added to give paint the specific colors you see.
Resins hold the pigments and colorants in place as and after the paint dries.
Solvents are the medium or carrier in which the pigments and resins travel while the paint is wet and during application. They evaporate off as the paint dries. In latex paint the main solvent is water. In oil based paint the main solvent is mineral spirits.
Additives are everything else (this is the “other” or “none of the above” category) and include mildew resistance chemicals to how workable the paint is while it’s wet.
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