How It’s Made: Exterior Paint

Everybody knows that has paint has been around for a long time. When we think of the history of art, most of our minds go right to cave paintings. However, the way that paint was made 40,000 years ago and how it’s made today are a lot different.

For example, we thankfully no longer use blood to make paint red. But how exactly is exterior paint made today?

What’s in our paint and what are the processes that give it its specific qualities? These are great questions. And we’ve got the answers that you are looking for!

So keep on reading and we will take you through everything that you will want to know!

The Basic Composition of Exterior Paint

A gallon of freshly mixed paint can be a lovely thing to witness. But if you open that paint and leave it alone in the garage for several months, you suddenly start to see a more deconstructed version of the paint.

On the top, you will see a liquid that seems almost clear and doesn’t look like the color the paint is supposed to be. You’ll also find a hard, solid mass down at the bottom.

Exterior paint is usually made of latex. It’s composed of liquids and solids.

All paint specifications are going to tell you how much of the paint is liquid and solid.

The Process of Making Paint

There are several stages of making paint. This includes measuring and portioning, mill base creation, letting down, combining, shipment, mixing, labeling, filling, and palletizing.

At the start, dry ingredients and raw liquid are portioned out. Raw pigments are crushed and dispersed, creating a mill base.

In the letting down phase, additives, solvents, and resins are prepared in a vat.

The let-down and mill base are then combined.

Prepared materials are then shipped by truck to the canning area. Here, liquid materials are pumped into storage tanks or silos. Dry materials are brought to a receiving area in a warehouse.

The materials are then combined in tanks to make the exterior paint.

Empty paint cans are then brought in and run through machines so that they get their proper labels. Separate machines fill paint cans based on their respective paints.

Finally, the paint cans are sealed and boxed. They are then placed on pallets and shipped to retail vendors.

What Is Exterior Paint?

Exterior paints are made out of additives that stop fading, the growth of mold, and resist stains. If you have a large paint job, such as painting the exterior of a house, then it is recommended that you hire experienced contractors.

The Importance of Knowing About Exterior Paint

As we can see, there is a lot that goes into the process of making exterior paint. Hopefully, this helps you appreciate all of the work that went into making those paint cans that are stacked up in the corner of your utility closet.

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