There is nothing quite as trans-formative as a fresh coat of paint. Though paint is a fairly inexpensive way to transform a room, it can still be pricey. An inexpensive wall paint can completely transform the look of a room. And it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Inexpensive Wall Paint
But what kind of paint gives you the most for your money? Per-gallon prices range from less than $8 to more than $30. But the question arise Are the most expensive paints really worth the money? There are several factors that effects the cost of wall paint.
1. Types of Wall Paint
There are two types of paint
- Alkyd oil paint
- Water-based latex
Alkyd oil-based wall paints are more durable and can provide a slightly smoother coat. These paints are more difficult to work with and to clean up. On the other hand, the improved chemistry of today’s latex paints makes them much more durable and easy to work with. They can be cleaned up with water.
When applied by paintbrush, cheaper paints show brush marks and provide poor coverage. However, Higher-quality paints provide smooth, one-coat coverage.
The expensive paints are also more washable and offer greater scrub resistance. If you try washing dirt off an inexpensive paint, you are likely to wash off some of the paint itself.
4. Tendency to Spatter
Another advantage of expensive paint is their reduced tendency to spatter. They contain an anti-spattering agent that produces less mess than inferior paints.
Comparison of Cost
What’s the difference between a $30 can of paint and $8 inexpensive wall paint can? First, it’s the amount of work it takes to apply the paint. The higher grades of paint contain titanium, which gives the paint more coverage. So it does a better job of concealing the surface it covers.
Inexpensive wall paints contain little or no titanium, relying instead on clay. As a result, it may take three or more coats of cheap paint to equal the coverage of one coat of high-quality paint.