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Pigments, binders, additives, and solvents are the four main components of all paints. Color is imparted by pigments, and the function of the binder is to "bind" the pigments together to produce the paint film. Mildew resistance is one of the typical paint characteristics offered by additives like zinc oxide.

Due to its characteristics including mildew resistance, corrosion inhibition, and stain blocking support, zinc oxide and various zinc metals are typically utilized in primers and exterior paints. Paint made from the aforementioned four components can be customized to meet various demands and applications.