When things are completely mysterious, we often just pay the price and don’t question it. A good example would be having the transmission on your car or truck rebuilt. Most of us really don’t know what all that involves so whether it’s $1500 or $5000, depending on the age and make of the vehicle, we really don’t have a lot to gauge that by. However, a tank full of gas we know is either regular, mid-grade, or premium. Many of us know the difference but most of us go for the regular based almost solely on cost. It’s the price, not the performance, that usually drives that decision. When we’re building a house we don’t normally question the cost of something like framing because it’s a bit of a mystery to most people. Paint, however, is something we all can see and touch. Just like gasoline, there are grades and most of us choose the cheapest on – based on price; not performance.
The Cheapest Paint You Can Get From A Professional
You can buy paint at discount stores and I can almost assure you it’s not much better than water colors. Professionals won’t even use it if they care anything about their reputation at all. However, there is a professional grade of paint available from every paint supplier which is only slightly better. While the paint at the discount store may cost $8 a gallon, these professional grade lower end paints generally cost the painter around $13 per gallon. This is the grade of paint almost every high volume painter uses. They use it because it goes on similar to the better grades and has better coverage than the $8 a gallon paint from the discount store. If you move into a new home in a cookie cutter neighborhood or most town-home developments, the painter has used the lowest professional grade of paint they can get.
While this paint looks good for the first few days it’s very easy to detect very quickly. The coverage isn’t as good as the higher grades. It’s difficult to touch up. Hand prints and furniture rub show up on it really easily. All of this, in the long run, doesn’t justify the savings in the cost of the paint for the average home owner. Make sure your painter is not using the cheapest paint – and to be sure he isn’t, call the paint supplier (Sherwin Williams, Glidden, Behr, whomever) and tell them what it says on the can. And for sure make certain the painter isn’t thinning the paint before applying it. This is another technique to stretch the paint.
Our Basic Grade of Paint
At DC Installations, we want you completely satisfied. Yes our basic paint quote is more than the other’s. This is because our basic grade of paint is their upgrade. We prefer Sherwin Williams paint and while many builders and painters use what is called “Painter’s Edge” (Sherwin Williams’ budget grade of paint) we start with the Pro Mark 200 paint. It costs about 80-120% more than Painter’s Edge but it’s a much better paint. Designed to truly cover around 250 square feet of wall space per gallon it is easy to touch up, doesn’t need to be touched up as often, and resists marring and scarring much better than Painter’s Edge.
The coverage on Pro Mar is exceptional and you’ll definitely notice the difference in the finish and the resistance to dirt and scuffing almost immediately. Plus, if it ever needs to be touched up, that’s when it really pays off. Instead of having to repaint a wall or an entire room you will be able to just touch up the spots that need it. So even though it may cost a little more in the beginning it will pay for itself over time.
Not all homes are created equal nor are all budgets created equally. When you want the very best you’ll want the top of the line available for your purpose. When you are ready to know and understand the difference in premium paint, stop by and see us so you can touch and see the difference.