It Just Is
Okay, we’ll elaborate more than that, if you insist. There are so many things to consider when you’re picking paint for your job. We’ve covered it extensively to the point you’re probably wondering why you’re reading another one of our blog posts about specifying paint. But it’s SO IMPORTANT we just can’t emphasize it enough.
Let’s make this fun. When you’re choosing carpeting for your job, you make sure you pick the grade that’s going to hold up to the traffic that the area experiences. You put a lot of effort into picking just the right commercial flooring and it’s often unnoticed. But if you didn’t put that effort into that decision, and you just chose any cheap flooring… your client, your boss, everyone who sees that space is going to notice. That’s not the attention you want and deserve.
So why wouldn’t you put the same effort into your walls? It’s the same thing. Woah. Crazy, isn’t it? If you chose any paint for those walls, chances are it’s not going to hold up and it’s going to look really crummy, really fast. Again, unwanted attention for that disaster. Avoid this at all costs! You can see more about how to pick the right paint for your space here.
Differences In Paint
Paints come in all different shapes and sizes. Well, not really. They pretty much all come in 1 gallon or 5 gallon paint buckets. Maybe that was a bad analogy. Paints come in a variety of formulations, and an infinite amount of colors.
Water based vs. Oil based
Chances are you already know the disadvantages to oil based paints, and at this point with the environment in mind you’re more than likely not using them. We’ll lay out the differences nevertheless. Oil based paints often cover more thoroughly in one coat, shrink less, and take longer to dry allowing you more working time. That being said, oil based paints are more likely to crack, fade and yellow, the fumes are overwhelming and harmful, and the remains must be deposited in hazardous waste collection centers and never poured down a drain.
Water based paint on the other hand doesn’t yellow over time, is much better for the environment, dries faster, is easy to clean up and definitely doesn’t require a special trip to a hazardous waste collection center. We’re team Water Based for sure, how about you?
When it comes time to specify the paint for your space (we know, more often than not paint is the last thought) make sure you actually specify which paint is right for the space. This way there’s no option for your paint selection to be flipped for a paint of lesser quality when it comes time to do the job. Keep the environment and your product’s impact on it in mind when looking to make you final decision on specifying paint.
Schools, dorms, arenas, hotels, retail outlets, and other busy spaces might be repainting as often as once yearly (or more!). Initially, going with cheaper paints will save money. But if that paints fades, peels, or cannot withstand people traffic, it will need to be regularly repainted (at great expense). Specifying the right paint, however, usually costs only a little more and will not only keep the space looking better longer, it will save time and money in the end. Factor in the reduction in VOCs from eliminating regular repaints and the value of specifying the right paint for the right job becomes clear.
For your P1 areas you’ll want to choose the paint with the best scrub rating and best ingredients, these paints will go the distance required for a P1 and protect those areas for years, saving you, your clients, etc on repainting costs. Not to mention, what a reputation saver! Whew.