By protecting and beautifying the surfaces to which they are applied, paints and coatings enhance the value of everything — from homes and manufactured products, to bridges and other structures. This enhancement adds value far beyond the cost of buying or applying the paint or coating.
Consider the auto industry. It’s not hard to imagine what a car would look like without the coatings that add value by making it attractive and protecting it. Without coatings, you’d see a car that quickly rusts, is dull in appearance, and has a very short useful life. Think of trucks, buses, farm and construction machinery and equipment without the protective coatings that keep them from rusting.
Think of the value added to appliances, metal and wood furniture, hardware, lighting fixtures . . . the list is endless. Practically every man-made product has a coating that is necessary to protect it and maintain its usefulness. While there are three primary categories of paints and coatings, all coatings are made from basic sources that are processed to produce a specific type of coating.
Paints & Coatings: From Source to Market