Splurge or Save: What You Need to Know About Buying Paint

Splurge or Save: What You Need to Know About Buying Paint

Jennifer Hunter
May 5, 2014
(Image credit: Justice Darragh)

Last week, we told you how to pick a paint color, but before you choose a shade, you have to balance your budget. Should you shell out major bucks for the high-end option or can you get away with saving your pennies? Read on, we tell you when to splurge and why.

Paint is made up of 3 basic components:

  • Pigments — the particles that give paint its color.
  • Solvents — the liquid carrier that suspends those pigments, allowing you to transfer them onto your surface.
  • Resins — the ingredient that, once the solvents have evaporated, allow the pigments to bind together. Resins give paint its gloss.

Like most things, quality of ingredients vary based on price. Bargain paint will be diluted with more solvents and thus, provide less color payout. This may mean you'll have to use more coats to get your desired level of coverage. More coats mean more time and more paint. So, if you pick a punchy color (or need to paint over one), it's best to shell out the cash.

Also consider durability. High quality resins give you a more resilient final product, so if you're painting a high-traffic area, it's best to choose the quality option.

Where can you save? Lighter or less saturated colors, smaller paint projects and larger but low maintenance areas (think: ceilings) all will be just fine if you pick the budget option.

See? Save your cash in certain places so you can splurge where it counts. By smartly and strategically picking your paint, you can stick to your budget and still get amazing results.

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