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Is There More To A Can of Paint Than Price?


We recently talked about implementing lean practices and the importance of defining your “paint KPIs.” As a decision maker for your facility, those topics should remain top of mind when purchasing paint.


The first thing to consider when making a decision is defining what is important to your final product. It can be gloss, durability, or a number of attributes. After that analysis, you should have a few products to select from that can meet those demands. The next step is to evaluate your production or refinishing process to ensure the products in question will work with your equipment and flow. For example, some paint systems are designed to be sprayed with expensive equipment (like polyurea). The next step is to evaluate the price of each product and make your decision… right? Wrong! With the chemical technology that exists today, you need to understand that the price of paint is only a piece of the decision making puzzle.


Often, a gallon of paint will cost more if it has process improving qualities. For example, choosing a coating that has a fast dry time will allow your product line to more faster, you can apply decals faster, or you could reduce your bake cycle to reduce electricity and gas. It takes time and effort to measure the money saved, but in the end it is truly worth it. 


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