Types of Coatings & US Market Revenue by Segment


The largest segment of the paint industry produces architectural coatings — including professional contractor and consumer paints — which make up more than half of the total volume of coatings produced annually in the United States. In 2015, the industry shipped more than $11.2 billion of architectural coatings.

These products are used to beautify and maintain the surfaces of homes, public buildings, offices and factories. About half are applied by “do-it-yourself” consumers, who recognize that paint is the most versatile, least costly and easiest to use of all home decorating products.


Coatings applied at the time of manufacture (Factory Finished or pre-finished) are known as industrial coatings. In 2015, $7.8 billion of industrial coatings were sold to customer industries.

Special Purpose

The Special Purpose Coatings segment includes a wide array of divergent coatings. The one unifying characteristic is that these coatings tend to be “field-applied,” as opposed to being applied in a factory setting. In 2015, industry shipped $5.6 billion of special purpose coatings.

Special purpose coatings represent the smallest of the three major classifications of coatings. This segment can be divided into the following major sub-segments:

Automotive Refinish Coatings is the largest sub-segment, with a value of $2 billion in 2014.

Industrial Maintenance Coatings is the second largest sub-segment, with a value of $1.3 Billion in 2014.

Traffic Marking Paint, used on roadways, parking lots and airport surfaces had a value of $454  million in 2014.

Marine Paints, including both OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and refinish applications, had a value of $400 million in 2014.



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