“Builders’ Paint” is any low-quality, poorly-applied paint (either outside or inside) that fails to hold up. Usually in the very dull gray and tan families, it is favored by Kansas City rehabbers and new construction builders.
Builders often choose poor quality paint because they assume the home buyer will never know the difference. But they do – really. How can you tell if you’re dealing with builders paint?
- The paint burnishes easily when rubbed, whether from busy kid hands or an elbow carrying too many grocery bags (burnishing happens when the paint film won’t hold up to friction and is actually polished to a different sheen)
- The paint scrubs right off during routine cleaning. Very often, the newly cleaned spot looks worse than the original dirty spot
- You can see through the paint. This is the reason builders choose a limited color range – poor quality paint just doesn’t cover very well
Poor quality paint can’t really be “fixed”, only covered by a better product. And a better product means it will hold up to the bumps and bruises of daily life.