07:42PM | 09/20/07
Member Since: 09/19/07
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Could someone recommend a good exterior paint brand? Which one, in your opinion, is the absolute best? Someone recommended Duron. I just don't know anything about it.

Many thanks in advance!


06:52PM | 09/21/07
Member Since: 08/20/04
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There's many good brands, as long as you stay in the upper lines.

* GOOD PREP & PRIMING is more important than actual brand though.

* Bad (or NO!) prep. will soon render the best paint useless LONG b4 its normal life.

* This means scraping, sanding, priming....

* C2 is a newer brand that has a TOP-notch exterior. Harder to find though...only ~ 50 U.S. retailers. Averages in the $40's/gal. Their Exterior Eggshell looks very nice.

* Using only 1 coat of Paint on a primer is an "old-wives-tale"!!! 2 coats on a primecoat wears MUCH better.

* SW & BM have exteriors' in the same price-range.

* In the $20's/gal., ACE ROYAL is a very good paint. We go through a LOT of it.

* Average sf/gal is 400 for paints & primers.

* Don't use Oil. The new Latexes are better. Oils just become stiffer, and yellow much faster.



04:15PM | 09/22/07
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
The previous post is correct on preperation being very important in an exterior paint job lasting longer.

The Duron brand will do very good by you but is sold only on the east coast, and you need to use either the Weathershield or Signature exterior line. The Sherwin Williams products are very good as well and you will want to use either Super Paint or Duration and they can be found all over the country. I would stay away from Ace paint as you want to buy your paint from a store that sells just paint for the best advice.


05:18PM | 09/22/07
Member Since: 09/19/07
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Many thanks to both of you. I went with Duron Weathershield. The regular price is about $40, and with a discount, I was able to get it for $32/gallon.

I'm taking the advice about good prep to heart. I just pressure washed all sides. There is no paint chip off on the sidings, but some on the trims. The house is 10 years old. It did take me a couple of days to replace some of the sidings and window nosings and caulking all the cracks.

I know it would be best to put on two coats, but I'm not sure if I'll have the patience to do it. Do you think it'll be ok if I paint just one coat but really carefully and cover it well?


10:18PM | 09/22/07
Member Since: 08/20/04
32 lifetime posts
Don't fall into that trap of "1 real good coat"!!! I don't care how good you put it on...2 coats are needed.

>>> Are you priming?!?!?!

* Think how much beating a coat of paint takes on the outside.

* One dried coat of paint isn't very thick!!

* 2 coats form a tougher film, & the color-layer is thicker...therefore color-DEPTH is better.

* Fading is somewhat minimized too.

* Do it RIGHT, NOW, & take a decade off!

>>> At OUR ACE store anyway...we've got a separate Paint dep't. We always counsel our clients on good prep, etc.

>>> Many, many satisfied ACE-Paint users up here.

>>> Assuming proper prep/priming, I'll put ACE-Royal up against 95% of the others out there.



11:15AM | 04/24/13
I've researched, and there are lots of recommendations for paint, so I'm confused.

If you had a choice between, BEHR, California Fresh Paints, Kelley-Moore, or Sherwin-Williams which one would you choose living in Texas (hot weather)?

Also, our home was primed and painted twice 4 years ago, and the paint has not chipped or pealed, but it’s faded. Should we apply two coats when repainting now?


12:06PM | 04/25/13
we live in florida and its time to repaint our house. we are going with a lighter color so 2 coats will be needeed. my question is if the house already was professionally painted several years ago, do we still need to prime or only where the paint chipped off? should we use ben moore sherwin williams or behr?


06:19PM | 05/20/13
Love to work with Lowe's Valspar Duramax. Goes on thick, stays on thick. Great self-priming product, yet little known. Also like it for it's superior weather shield, which means you can coat prior to rain by just a few hours and you still are guaranteed a good finish. It sprays on just as well as rolls & brushes.


03:37PM | 05/23/13
what is the difference in gloss/ semi gloss/ and flat. I dont know which one i need . THe house is old.


10:04PM | 05/28/13
I had 2 painter give me a estimate for painting 1 wants dunn edwards n 1 wants sherman williams.which is better also 1 wants flat n 1 wants semigloss .what to do

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