my husband and I have done extensive remodelling on our 1949 little bungalow. Everything has turned out really nicely, with only a few minor issues - but now we are working on the windows. We begin by removing the entire window and frame, remove the hardware, strip to bare wood, fill, sand etc. The wood is not water damaged, just old. It was covered with many layers of paint (never stripped before, just repainted for 55 years) then I've been painting the 1st 2 coats with kilz 2 primer. Then I paint 2 coats of Benjamin Moore exterior oil based paint. I felt this paint was good quality, it certainly is expensive anyway. Now, after less than 1 year, we are already experiencing some cracking and peeling on the outside exposed part of the 2 windows that we have finished, esp. on the sill - starting from the side. My husband suspected it was the paint, not the primer.....so I decided to go online to try to figure it out and found this post, so maybe the kilz 2 is our problem? I verified the kilz 2 can says you can use it with oil based paints and is ok for exterior, but apparently this is not the best choice?
My question is, what type of primer should I use with my paint? and is my oil based Benjamin Moore exterior paint ok? or should we try another brand? and is oil based a good choice? I have always been under the impression oil based is much better for wood and wood trim, but we do not have any real experience. This is our first house and we are learning as we go. I dont' want to paint anymore windows until I get this figured out!