With such a vast array of choices, where do you even begin when beginning your exterior paint job? Especially with so many reports on who has the best paint to use, how do you choose just one? Every paint manufacturer has their own top of the line exterior paint. We will help you narrow down the best choice for your home.
The following list is a breakdown of our favorites:
The secret to an impeccable exterior paint job is to make sure your prep job on your exterior is done completely correctly. Ensure you do not cut any corners or try to “save time” but skimping on prepping your paint job first and foremost. Then, and only then, can you follow up with any of the aforementioned paint choices with absolute certainty that your exterior paint job will stand the test of time. When International Coatings preps an exterior home, we want to let our customers understand why we recommend the highest quality exterior paints. The biggest factor of why we at International Coatings want to stress to our customers to go for the higher quality line is because the exterior paints that are 100% acrylic paint will last you 7-10 years. Furthermore, if the prep-work is done properly, the exterior paint job will last even longer. You are always going to have a few areas over the years that may require light touch-ups from weathering; but we can cover that later.
Our very first step into any exterior paint job is to fully cleanse the area we are about to work on. You can either do a power-wash to the area, or a soft-wash is another option. You can also skip this step altogether; but your finished job will not be as flawless and will not withstand time as well. The only time that skipping a good power-wash is beneficial is when the house/exterior is too old and therefore, too risky to power-wash. If this is the case with your home, you should definitely consider a soft-wash instead. In extreme cases when washing is not an option at all, then you want to then use the very best bonding primers or oil primers available, before attempting to apply any exterior paint product.
The next step to choosing which top-rated exterior paint you are going to use for your home is to find a product with UV Protection, durability, fade-resistant, top color-retention, mildewcide, and insecticides. You want your exterior paint to withstand cracking and peeling for as long as possible.
The best exterior paint product for your home will have a high solids rating, and will tend to be 100% acrylic. Your top brands: Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore, and PPG will always have an exterior paint that has a high solids rating along with 100% acrylic paint. These products are always the top 3 we as professional exterior painters will recommend for your home’s exterior paint job.
The above 3 products all have a high solids rating and will provide you with a 10 year paint job.