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Professional Exterior House Painters: What is, in your experience, the best exterior house paint? Wi

Author : Common Sense

Submitted : 2018-02-15 14:01:45    Popularity:     

Tags: Painters  experience  House  Professional  Exterior  

I am about to paint the exterior of my home. I currently have redwood clapboard siding which was previous stained with a semi transparent Cabot stain. So there is not any chipping paint to sand. I need advise on good house paint and whether or not pri

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The surface will need prep even if it's had Cabot OVT stain. The stain chalks, and the wood needs to be sanded. I also had that on my house for years.

That having been said, I'm another huge fan of Benjamin Moore Aura paint. When it first came out, by house painter had just done another job with it, and treated me to an upgrade when he saw the difference. OMG - it hasn't been done in years, and looks new. But his crew prepped it *properly*. So don't take any shortcuts, or you'll be doing it again soon.
I also used Aura interior paint - again, a miracle.

You need to prime and avoid paints with a built-in primer (self-priming). I consider the top paints of Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore as the best paints in the market.

Can't help you with the paint, but you do not want to spray the exterior of the house. It does not get into all the nooks and crannies like you need to do for proper protection. Brushing allows one to not only push the paint with a proper thickness where it needs to be, but it is also giving you a more hands on approach, that allows one to see everything that may need attention. Much better then simply spraying. Spraying is easier, quicker to be sure, fine for a fence and such. But you want the close attention to detail that comes from brushing.

Not a Pro, but I have painted numerous renovations and a few houses. I have had good luck with Benjamin-Moore Aura which has the primer built in. The primer makes for better adhesion and this paint really adheres. Saving you a coat.
I have never had much luck with spraying because of complaining neighbors.

Porter paints are the best paints hands down - no contest. If you have no exposed wood then you do not need to prime, but I have to admit I do not have a lot of experience painting over stain on a home exterior. You may need to do some prep work. If you go to a Porter Paint store you can ask them. They have lots of knowledge as opposed to the people working at places like Home Depot.

Spraying can go quickly, but it takes time and effort to properly mask things off, etc., because if you are not an experienced sprayer you will get paint everywhere (on windows, etc.). I like to brush because it puts on a thicker coat and I don't have to deal with all the other hassles of spraying.

Proper prep of the surface to be painted is more important than the brand of paint. It needs to be CLEAN and dry, not just free of chips. The paint also needs to be applied when the temperature is correct.



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