Sorts of Exterior Paints

Solvent-based (oil or alkyd): Oil-based paint dries slower than latex – often taking 24 hours to remedy. It cleans up with turpentine or paint thinner. Oil-based is your best option if you are going to paint over a floor that is already been painted with an oil-based paint. Latex shouldn’t be used over an oil-based paint as a result of it would peel.

Water-based (latex): Latex paint dries quick and cleans up simpler than oil-based paint, requiring solely cleaning soap and water. One other benefit is that latex expands in hotter temperatures and contracts in cooler temperatures so it is sturdy below various situations.

Paint Finishes

Sheen describes the diploma of sunshine reflection paint has. Normally the much less sheen paint has, the much less stain-resistant it’s. Completely different producers might have numerous commerce names for them, however normally sheens are categorised as follows:

The gloss is the hardest. It cleans simply and resists scuffs higher so it is a sensible choice for areas in fixed use, like door jambs and window casings. For shutters and trimwork, gloss paint gives a pleasant distinction to the siding. Gloss paint will, nevertheless, present imperfections within the floor greater than different sheens.

Semi-gloss paints are additionally sturdy and straightforward to scrub, however have much less shine than gloss. They’re, nevertheless, simply as appropriate for trimwork and casings.

Satin (typically known as eggshell or low luster) provides a great mixture of easy-clean and average sheen. It really works nicely on siding that is in good situation.

Flat paint is your best option for vinyl and aluminum siding that is scratched or dented as a result of it hides imperfections nicely and spatters much less when utilized. It is also simpler to the touch up.

Qualities of Exterior Paints

  • Hiding energy is the power of the paint to sufficiently cowl or conceals the floor the place it is utilized. Hiding energy comes from the paint’s pigment and is affected by the way and thickness of the applying.
  • Colour retention refers to tinted paints solely. The paint’s means to keep up its authentic colour throughout publicity determines its colour retention.
  • Chalking resistance prevents the white chalky powder from forming on the floor and lightening the colour of the paint. Chalking happens over a time period when the binder slowly degrades. The telltale streaking of paint (chalk run-down) is one consequence of utilizing paint that is not chalk-resistant.
  • Blister resistance will maintain extreme moisture from coming by the substrate and affecting the paint layer. If paint is utilized over a humid or moist floor, you may rely on an undesirable blistering drawback.


A primer is critical to assist paint adhere to the floor, offering a extra uniform look and a longer-lasting end. A primer can be wanted when you’re repainting over current shiny or darkish colours.