Ceramic Paint: A Better, Tougher Paint
By: Joe Truini
Paint chemists are always hard at work trying to develop the next latest, greatest coating. And the goal is always the same: make a paint that lasts longer, is more stain resistant, goes on smoother, and dries to a tough, impenetrable film.
High-quality 100% latex acrylic paints have performed beyond expectations, but there’s a new kid in town: ceramic paints. These aren’t used to paint pottery and china plates, but instead, are latex paints that contain something called, ceramic microspheres.
Courtesy of the Paint Quality Institute
Ceramic microspheres are very tiny, round particles that get distributed throughout the dried paint film. The result, according to exhaustive lab tests, is a paint that outperforms all other house and wall paints.
Here are just of few of the benefits of ceramic paints:
- A smoother, more continuous paint film that resists cracking.
- Superior stain resistance—stains don’t get absorbed, so they can be wiped off.
- The ceramics produce a less tacky paint surface, which reduces dirt accumulation.
- Round spheres roll past each other in the paint, greatly enhancing flow and leveling.
- And microspheres help hide the underlying substrate and reduce the luster of the paint.