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Exterior House Paint for Your Raleigh Home

The EPA is making an effort to increase the regulations on paint manufacturers in years to come. These regulations usually give the paint suppliers another excuse to increase prices. The regulations also put more weight on suppliers. In return, we hope to see the release of quality products.

What to Look for in a Good Paint

There are many false pretenses that are put on the labels of paint cans. So, what should you look for in a good paint product? Raw materials and the percentage of solids by volume are most important when shopping for an exterior house paint.

Stay away from manufacturers that don’t clearly display what raw materials are used. They are usually not displayed for a reason. Mainly, because of the use of poor raw materials. So… which solids are we looking for?

Acrylic polymers are the most durable and commonly found in quality exterior paints. Fortified paints use a blend of raw material to give ultimate durability. Fortified paints enable raw materials that normally would not blend, to be blended together.

Fortified exterior house paints usually contain a blend of Alkyd and Acrylic polymers. The most important additive to these raw materials is Zinc Oxide. Zinc limits mold and mildew growth. Mold, mildew, and moss speed the process of all polymers to break down and fail over time.

Vinyl polymers are also present in exterior products. Durable products should only contain a small percentage of Vinyl. A Larger amount of Vinyl polymers are most commonly found in low-end products, which are not as durable.

High Vinyl containing paints breakdown and chalk at a must higher rate. However, Vinyl polymers do allow paints to expand and contract. Even with the advantages of allowing expansion and contraction this raw material should be a limited raw material used. This material should not be the main material used in any premium exterior paint.

For absolute best results, A Touch of Color recommends the following products for interior and exterior painting.

Sherwin Williams Exterior Duration Gloss Finish solids (contains 40% solids by volume)

Water, Acrylic Polymer, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Talc, Cristobalite

Benjamin Moore Interior Aura

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