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The Value Added By Paints And Coatings

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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.

Paint and coatings are made from raw materials — such as coal, oil, seeds and ore — that are taken through a series of processes to create paint resins, colors and liquids. These products fall under very specific categories of coatings that add value to the objects to which they are applied by preserving them, protecting them, and increasing their aesthetic appeal.


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The United States exported $1.8 billion in paint and coatings products in 2010, up by 24 percent, or $343 million, from 2009.

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