You’ll want to ask yourself some questions before you starting exterior painting. The answers will inevitably be a huge factor in which paint you decide to use!
Question 1: Exterior Painting: what kind of paint should i use?
This is where you need to consider what is actually going on with the outside of your home. If you have vinyl siding, that can make an impact on which paint is best to use. Or if you have aluminum siding and want to paint it a fresh colour, that also changes things. With aluminum siding, you definitely have a bit more freedom as you can paint it virtually any colour. Vinyl siding, you can paint it any colour, but it can sometimes warp with darker colours. Also, another thing to think about is if you’re painting brick as well. It really depends on what you want, but brick stain can be a great idea for longevity purposes. It lasts a long time and basically works to become a part of the brick.
When considering what actual paint type is best for exterior painting, really, if you clean and prep it well, you can do whatever you want. We usually suggest Benjamin Moore’s Regal Select Exterior in a flat or low luster for aluminum siding. Or for Sherwin Williams, you’ll want to get their Low Sheen paint.
Question 2: for Exterior Painting, what’s Available?
There are a ton of different types of exterior paint such as: oil, latex, acrylic and alkyd. And of course, there’s also primers and stains to think about. A lot of people are still pretty keen on oil paint due to its resiliency, though it does take longer to dry. As far as latex (or acrylic) paint is concerned for exterior painting, it’s made from a water-soluble base. Latex paint also works great for the long haul as there is protection from chipping and breaking. It’s also very easily cleaned with soap and water and dries quickly. Alkyd-modifies latex is best suitable for the exterior of a home because of Fede less and less toxic behavior.
You wouldn’t want to paint the outside of your house with a primer, but before any painting is done, using a primer is always a smart method to protect the surface you are painting.