While the tests conducted by Consumers
Reports can be informative and useful, their procedures for
testing paints and other coatings cannot be accepted as the
definitive statement on paint quality.
Many factors must be considered when
judging the quality of a particular paint. For example, exterior
surfaces in Florida are subjected to considerably different
conditions than those experienced in northern climates.
High temperatures and humidity, and
mildew growth, are two factors more prevalent in southern
An alkyd paint may perform well in a
northern climate, but will develop cracks and foster mildew growth
A number of paint manufacturers have
developed a reputation for producing superior products, and the
cost of their products reflects this reputation. At times, this
reputation has been aided by articles in Consumer Reports.
The durability of a paint is primarily
determined by the type and amount of resin it contains. For most
exterior applications, a 100% acrylic resin is recommended.
An examination of the product data sheets
of the highest quality paints made by leading manufacturers
reveals that each contains approximately the same quantity of
By this standard, there is little
difference between these paints. Our experience confirms that
these products perform equally well.
Proper surface preparation and
application of the product according to the manufacturer. s
specifications are as important as the quality of the paint.
The adage . you get what you pay for. is
not always true. Sometimes, savvy marketing can create an image of
quality which doesn't actually exist. In the case of paint, the
contents of the can are more important than the quality of the