all about the materials in a can of exterior paint
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What's in the Can?

Proportions vary, but the basic ingredients that go into most exterior paints remain the same.

Quick-to-evaporate liquids keep binders and pigments in suspension.
Powdered minerals and man-made colors give paint its hue and opacity.
They control dry time, leveling, and mildew, among other things.
These resins coalesce to form the paint film after the solvents evaporate.
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