Broadly, there are two types of paints –latex and alkyd. The main difference between the two is that latex paints are water-based, while alkyds are oil-based. Latex paints can further be classified according to their binders, which could be acrylic, epoxy, styrene, or polyvinyl acetate. Of these, acrylic is deemed superior, which means that paints labeled 100% acrylic latex are the best quality latex paints.
Every major paint manufacturer has its own brand of 100% acrylic latex paint. Sherwin-Williams, a company engaged in the paint industry since 1866, is no exception. It offers the A-100 Exterior Acrylic Latex.
Having 100% acrylic binding the solid pigments with each other as well as with the water solvent guarantees a long-lasting adhesion of the paint to the surface it is applied to. It also has strong color retention properties in spite of its continuous exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, rain, and snow. Also, it effectively hides the color of the painted surface, whether it is the primer or an old coat that is painted over.
A common concern with latex paints is that they are sensitive to cold so much so that some painters discourage applying them during the cold months. The Sherwin-Williams A-100, however, belies this, as it can safely be used and applied even at temperatures of 35°F, and even in damp conditions.
Apart from its superior adhesive qualities, the paint is resistant to chalking or the formation of dust-like particles on the surface of the paint, which are the paint pigment left by broken-down binders. This problem is actually common with low-quality paints.
The growth of mold and mildew is likewise resisted by the acrylic paint, thus making it suitable for the homes of persons with respiratory issues who might be affected by the presence of the fungi. Also, it has a very low VOC content which means it does not foul up the surrounding air.
The Sherwin-Williams A-100 Exterior Paint is available in flat, satin, and gloss finishes, and it can be used for almost any type of surface –aluminum sidings, bricks, concrete blocks, masonry, metal, and wood.