Paint and Primer in one?
These marketing strategies are first introduced in the 80’s. These tactics, like now, were successful at first. Then, people caught on after seeing the results lead to several complaints.
Educated and experienced painting contractors never support blindly support the typically false pretense oh the outside of a can. You shouldn’t either. Several house painting manufacturers make untested or proven claims. We encourage homeowner to educate themselves by researching and reading articles such as this one.
If you really want to get up to speed on the topic, simply read the disclosures for these all in one products. That’s if the print is legible enough. If possible read carefully, you will quickly identify that it’s just a marketing race between paint manufacturers.
The fact is, these paint and primer in one claims have little validity and marketing tactic is mostly geared towards gaining the attention of the buyer.
Example: Behr Semi Transparent stain markets the verbiage “Penetrating Oil formula”. Then after reading the raw materials listed the first material is an Acrylic Polymer.
Down to the Composition
Yes, we know what emulsification is. Resulting in the ability unite both acrylic and oil resins. But we also know that acrylic polymers always end up accumulating on the surface of most all wood substrates.
This accumulation will inevitably cause the stain to blister and peel over time. Therefore, this kind of formula is not recommend. And to be fair, Behr is not the only manufacturer who utilizes this formula.
There are no real regulations in place by the EPA other than chemical composition and a few what we consider, “really light minimum requirements”. Therefore, you really have to do your homework in order to know what to look for.
Example 2: The labels on a container of fruit juice may say 100% fruit juice. Even if there is little real fruit juice in the container. As long as there is at least, the 2% or whatever the minimum requirements are to meet the FDA’s minimum requirement, the claim is still allowed.
If your not aware, don’t be alarmed when you read the back of that container of juice to see the nutrition facts clear say, high fructose corn syrup or sugar.
Read those labels! Your dollars count on it!