Choosing the best exterior paint for your home can be difficult. Most homeowners revert to paint manufacturers websites – making selections based on product reviews – not realizing that most reviews are actually paid advertisements. Paint manufacturers leverage their websites to boost sales by marketing their brand. However, there are a few independent sources that conduct lab studies to gather data. These kinds of tests are legitimate but are limited to a lab. Field tests typically generate more accurate data and feedback.
Knowing the composition of paint and having daily field experience allows us to experience what good paint really is. Our evaluations are primarily focus on application, coverage, durability, versatility and others. As the owner, I personally have over 22 years experience. I started painting when I was just 14 years old. Daily we experience using some of the best paints offered in our market. Here we are going to offer our experience with exterior paints and offer our #1 choice. Since we only cover a select area, we are limited to products available in the South East region.
#5 Sherwin – Williams Resilience
In terms of binders and consistency Resilience is very much like SW Super Paint. Make no mistake, Resilience is noticeable easier to work with and covers slightly better than Super Paint. Resilience places its mark in the department of leaching. Meaning, if it rains directly after the paint has dried, there are no water marks or discoloration left behind. This is great paint for exterior siding and dark colors.
#4 Sherwin- Williams Duration
Duration was once known for how thick it was. Some exterior painters didn’t like the learning curve during application. Since inception the product is now easier to apply but consequently is not as thick. Sherwin – Williams still promotes the application of 7 mils thick wet and 4 mils dry. Since the latest reformulation, we have found it nearly impossible to reach these specifications. However, it’s still a well above average product. Duration is great for rough surfaces and exterior trim. It also offers great adhesion during gutter and down spout applications.
#3 Benjamin Moore Aura
The binders found in this product are mostly acrylic. Some products are labeled acrylic while still containing high amounts of vinyl. Like most exterior paint that contain high amounts of acrylic – by comparison – Aura is not the most user friendly product. After getting used to the small learning curve – looking at the finish coat is very rewarding. Aura is a very durable product. Using Aura, some of our exterior projects that date back over 5 years still look new. No loss of lustre, cracking, fade or any other signs of failure are present. Benjamin Moore Aura is especially great in door and window applications. It also offers the best color retention of any product we have used.
#2 Sherwin – Williams Emerald
We found it hard to overlook the price tag – compared to other SW products. After using this product, we can tell Sherwin-Williams has made a conscientious effort to listen to customer feed back. Most of their exterior paints are known to dry tacky and drag during application. Using a paint that drags will encourage painters to load more paint onto brushes in order to create better flow. Making the job harder and slowing productivity. But Emerald has solved both of these issues. Being zero voc does hurt either. However, Emerald is not the first exterior zero voc paint on the market – yet a bold move from such a large company like Sherwin – Williams. Emerald is great for just about all applications. I levels nicely too. Which can be a tall task for most exterior paints. For the price payed, it could use more pigment to help with coverage. Especially in lighter colors, which are often used for trim. But make no mistake, this is an extremely good product. It’s easily the best exterior paint Sherwin – Williams offers.
#1 Benjamin Moore Regal Select
This paint doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Not even from Benjamin Moore. This product, in Benjamin Moore’s stock white color, covers better than any paint we have every used. Right out of the can. Offering excellent trim paint is extremely important. Most paint manufacturers don’t offer trim paint that covers. We brush the trim on most exteriors and in some cases, this products cuts our time in half. Regal Select offers complete single coat coverage and ease of use. Regal will cover black stains found on white gutters from roof tar in one brushed coat. Regal select exterior can be brushed in a satin finishes on siding with no lap marks. It levels closely to a spray finish even when brushed. Which means, brush columns and doors look smooth and uniform. The adhesion properties are what Benjamin Moore improved when this product was introduced and boy is it noticeable. The product is not cheap but nearly has no weaknesses. A slight application limitation is temperature. It doesn’t tack up well in cooler temperatures. So, while spraying during seasons other than summer the temperatures have to be above 55 or so. But by far it’s our #1 exterior paint choice for any exterior house painting application.