How Do I Decide?

Why are there so many different paint choices? Why do the paints range from $20 per gallon to $89 per gallon? What’s the difference between the cheap paint and the expensive paint? Is it worth the difference in price? During this article, Affinity Painting & Cabinet Refinishing will break down the many reasons why cutting cost on paint will almost certainly lead to higher overall costs.


When you decide to use a high-quality paint, and a reliable, professional painting service, you are not only paying for the quality now, you are paying for not having to paint as frequently in the future. A high-end paint will elongate the lifespan of your paint job by up to two times.

Easier To Clean

The high-quality paints on the market make cleaning easier than the cheaper options. We always suggest using baby wipes to clean walls as it is non-abrasive and does not contain a lot of soap to leave a white residue on your walls. Most paints in the top-tier market themselves as being “washable”.

Coverage & Hide

While these may seem like the same there are some differences, and high-quality paint will help with both. Coverage refers to the square footage that one gallon can cover. As a general rule, one gallon of paint will cover 300-400 square feet. The high-quality paints will be very close to the 400 number and the lower end paints will be closer to the 300 number, sometimes even less. 

Hide refers to a particular paint’s ability to cover existing colors and itself. If you are using bold colors, such as dark blues and reds, it is absolutely imperative that you use a high-quality paint. You can save yourself several coats of labor and materials by choosing a better paint the first time.

Ease Of Use

If you are completing a painting project without a professional painter, you should always reach for a high-quality paint. The reason why the cheaper paints are considered to be “contractor-grade” is because they are harder to use. 

These paints run off your brush and splatter from your rollers. If you are painting your own home, the high-quality paints will help you finish the job much faster.

Now for the big reveal!!! What does Affinity Painting use for their projects??? You guessed it, we exclusively use high-quality paints. These paints include Sherwin Williams Emerald interior paint and Sherwin Williams Duration exterior paint.

If you need any painting advice or need us to come take a look at a project that you have, book a free estimate today! We also do a great job with cabinet refinishing!