When it comes to exterior painting, exceptional durability is what separates the very best coatings from the rest of the pack. That’s as true for the new “paint and primer” products as it is for other paints.
For the uninitiated, paint and primer products are an entirely new category of coatings that offer primer-like properties such as good hiding of the existing paint color. . .as well as the most valued features of high-end paints, among them, great durability.
The most durable paint and primer products extend the life of an exterior paint job, keep a home or commercial property looking freshly painted for years, and offer superior protection from the elements – benefits that anyone can appreciate.
But since paint and primer products are so new, how can you – a homeowner, building owner, or painting contractor – decide which brand offers the greatest durability? One way is to rely on experts whose job it is to test these coatings.
Technicians at the Paint Quality Institute have been evaluating paint and primer products for years, torture-testing the coatings in a laboratory setting and carefully monitoring their performance under the stress of real-life outdoor exposure to sun, rain, high humidity, ice, and snow.
Data from these tests show that a few brands of paint and primer clearly outperform the others in terms of toughness and durability. As examples, standouts include two popular brands that are available nationally through leading home centers: Behr® Premium Plus Ultra® and Valspar® Duramax®.
What is common to the best-performing exterior paint and primer products is that they all contain 100% acrylic latex binder, the same ingredient used in the most durable exterior paints. All-acrylic binder helps these coatings get a good, strong grip on exterior surfaces, which in turn, leads to extra years of great performance.
Because of their durability, you need to paint less often when using one of these paint and primer products. And since they typically require fewer coats than standard paints, you’ll even save effort – including a lot of “up and down” time on the ladder — when you do have to paint again.
So, if you’re looking for exceptional durability in your next exterior paint job, consider applying one of the new paint and primer products that scored so well in the expert tests. From the time you start painting until it’s time for your next paint job, you’ll be happy you did!