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Why the Quality of Your Paint Matters: An Interview with Steve Quarantiello of Seacoast Home Improvement

By Steve Quarantiello

Tell us about your company and the products you offer.

Seacoast Home Improvement is fully licensed and Insured specializing in carpentry and Painting. Our mission is to deliver quality workmanship and honest open communication with our customers. Steve, the owner started out close to 10 years ago as a handyman and has earned his General Contracting license in Mass expanding his services and offering s along the way.

Do you think the perception is correct that more expensive paint provides quality?

Yes I do. The topic of paint quality comes up often in my business, and through experience using different grades of paint, I have found that higher quality paints save time by their ease of use. They typically spread easier, which saves time, reducing labor costs and typically look better and stand up over time longer than lesser quality brands.

Can you briefly talk about the key differences between a low-quality and high-quality paint?

Low quality paints usually have higher VOC's (you can smell the paint), are thinner in coverage, requiring a primer coat, more applications are necessary to fully cover existing color, can soak into the wall, or fade requiring repaint sooner. Thinner paint also can cause drips down the wall, which need sanding and repaint, or drips off the roller or brush onto floors or woodwork, creating more time to clean up.

High quality paints are just the opposite. The VOC's are lower, so no Wet Paint Smell lingering around. They typically have the primer mixed in, and are thicker in consistency, so when laid on the wall or trim, it doesn't drip, or run, so less mess to clean up. The end result it is a much softer richer look and holds up over time longer.

What are some of the challenges that can come with using lower quality paint?

A Low quality paint creates higher labor costs. Things like, paint splatter, difficult to roll or spread, poor coverage all require additional time in application and clean up, which is paid by the customer in labor charges. I always tell my customers, The cost of the paint itself is small price compared to the labor fee, so why not use the higher quality paint and save on the labor cost? The other benefit is that it looks better, and lasts longer, again reducing labor costs of repainting less often.

Are there any important steps that should be included in the manufacturing process for quality paint?

The quality of the Solids, which provide the paint with color, opacity, and durability should be high as should the binders, which adhere to the surface to be painted should also be of high quality. Then the mixing process should also not be compromised and final sieving and filtering of the base materials, intermediate and end products should not be neglected.

How can homeowners get a high-quality paint at a great value/price?

I have found that most dedicated paint stores, not only carry good quality paints at fair prices, they can assist with choosing the right paint for the job. This reduces the chances of future issues with the finish.

I can be reached at 978-465-3464 or at Seacoasthm@verizon.net, or www.seacoasthomeimprovement.com.

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