Did you know that the quality of a paint can be most accurately assessed from the binder used in the formula? The binder is the “film-forming” element of paint that affects all the noticeable properties such as adhesion, durability, gloss, etc. The amount of pigment bound together in ratio with the other components of the paint affect the paint finish. This can range from a gloss finish with the least amount of pigment to a flatter, matte finish with the highest level of bound pigment.
So how will you know if a paint has quality binding properties? A quality binder for an oil-based paint will be less likely to oxidize or resist oxidation longer. A quality binder for a latex-based paint will have effective adhesion capabilities, superior temperature resistance or less thermoplastic dependency, and slower dry times (to maintain paint texture, adhesion, and finish integrity).
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