Cutting costs in paint purchases is foolish!

Courtesy of Coatings SA Issue 4 | Volume 11 | 2023

Cutting costs in paint purchases is foolish!

Using cheap paint may seem like a cost-effective option initially, but there are several reasons why it is not the best choice in the long run and why only products emanating from SAPMA members should be used.

Poor coverage and quality:
Cheap paints often contain a higher percentage of filler materials and lower quality pigments. As a result, they may not provide adequate coverage, and need more coats to achieve the desired colour and finish. This can lead to increased labour costs and more time spent on the project.

Durability issues:
Lower-quality paints have less durability and may not withstand wear and tear as well as higher-quality alternatives. This is particularly important in high-traffic areas or exterior surfaces exposed to the elements, where a more durable paint can provide longer-lasting

Colour fading and changes:
Cheaper paints are more prone to colour fading and changes over time due to exposure to sunlight and other environmental factors. Higher-quality paints include better UV protection and colour retention properties, helping to maintain the paint’s appearance for longer.

Application challenges:
Cheap paints may have a thinner consistency and be more challenging to apply smoothly. This can result in streaks, uneven coverage, and an overall unprofessional finish. Higher-quality paints are formulated for better flow and application, making them
easier for both professionals and DIY enthusiasts to work with.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs):
Cheaper paints may contain higher levels of VOCs – potentially harmful chemicals that can be released into the air during and after painting.

Long-term cost:
While cheap paint may save money upfront, the user may end up spending more in the long run due to the need for additional coats, more frequent repainting, and potential issues with durability. Investing in a higher-quality paint will produce better coverage, longevity, and overall satisfaction.

SAPMA members should constantly remind their relevant market about all these important points.