The Paint Quality Institute (PQI) was founded in 1989 in Philadelphia with the initial goal of educating consumers, contractors and retailers on the advantages of using the highest quality paints and coatings. Today, PQI also delivers information on cutting-edge trends such as color, decorative techniques, and innovative new ways to use paint.
PQI’s recommendations are based on in-depth experience and practical findings generated by the Institute’s broad range of testing facilities located in 14 different sites worldwide. At these facilities, paint formulations are subjected to real-life conditions and their performance monitored over time. There are currently 30,000 panels and over 120,000 paints on exposure at our Spring House, PA facility alone, and more than a million paints have been evaluated at this site. Our research has shown that premium, top quality paints deliver the best durability, stain resistance and washability.
To promote these findings, PQI spokespeople communicate through a variety of media outlets. They serve as expert resources for newspaper and magazine articles, appear on television programs and radio interviews, and publish instructional materials. In addition, they maintain www.paintquality.com, a comprehensive online resource for painters of all skill levels. Information on Debbie Zimmer, PQI's Director of Communications and Alliances, can be found in the Media Center.
In keeping with PQI’s charter of independence and objectivity, the Institute’s experts do not provide specific product recommendations. Rather, they encourage consumers to use only top quality paints and tools, and to seek more specific, individual advice from their local paint retailer.
Originally focused only in North America, PQI’s success has generated international interest. PQI has now expanded to Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific.