03:48PM | 06/10/04
Member Since: 05/25/04
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This question does NOT refer to Brands (e.g., is one "brand" better than another). Instead, it refers to colors---Specifically, I am thinking of painting the exterior of a house, "Hunter Green" (the only green that I can stand); however, I rarely see a house painted Hunter Green---QUESTION: Do dark colors, e.g., Hunter Green, fade faster than lighter colors?? Further, if I go with Hunter Green, should I go with a Satin or Semi-Gloss finish. I have always used a Satin finish--with success (the Satin hides some of the imperfections of an older house. I ask the question about type of finish; because I was told that Semi-Gloss retards fading better than other finishes---is this myth? Please help me out about Hunter Green. Please? Jaes.


04:36PM | 06/10/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
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Paint companies have spent a lot of money testing their paints and pigments for durability and in all kinds of weather exposure. I would stick to the satin finish, and go with your color choice in the best quality paint (brand) possible. There are a lot of things paint warranties do not cover, but color retention is usually part of the warranty. I don't think fading should be a concern with today's paints.


02:24AM | 06/11/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
Yes a dark green will fade faster on siding than say a light beige. I would go with an exterior acrylic semi-gloss as a semi-gloss will hold up longer than a satin finish and go with a factory made color if you can as they fade slower than a store tinted color. Buy the best paint the store sells as this will be your best value. Also be sure to apply at least two coats of paint as this will extend the life of the paint.

If you want that hunter green I say go for it as I have seen houses that color and they have looked good.


07:24PM | 06/18/04
Member Since: 06/17/04
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I'm facing a similar question -- after residing six years ago and agonizing over colors, I went with an Army-green-type shade, which is not quite as dark as hunter green, but still plenty dark. Now we're doing a major remodel and I find that the siding has faded so much that what's left in the can is much more grey than the rest of the house. (ARG!) This may be a problem with greens and blues -- check the 2004 Consumer Reports Buying Guide in your library, it rates exterior paints. I notice that whites have a lot of bullet points for "resists fading" but none of the blues do. (They tested white, blue, and brown. Blues had similar issues with greens, they said.) Sadly, the brand I used wasn't rated, so I'm left wondering what to do. I'll probably switch to one of the rated brands because I'll know better what I'm getting. Still, it brings up the whole color agony again.


03:06AM | 06/19/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
Well of course the whites are going to have less fading than a color. Also after 6 years any color will have faded out some and don't believe the ads that say their paint will not fade for say 15 to 20 years.

The place to buy your paint is at a paint store and not one of the homecenters and buy the premium line that they have.
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