Oil-based paints were the most common type of exterior paint until quite recently. Advances in water-based paint technology has seen them become very popular with professionals. Some states have also brought in V.O.C. restrictions that limit the availability of oil-based paints.
Acrylic and latex-based exterior paints are now very popular. Unlike oil-based paint, they dry quickly, expand and contract with seasonal temperature variations, and it’s easy to clean away any imperfections while painting.
The best finish for exterior paint depends on where - and what - you are painting.
For siding, the best paint finish is satin/eggshell / low lustre. This is because its low-reflective surface is good at hiding slight imperfections and blemishes. Its slight gloss also helps the siding stay cleaner and easier to wash.
For exterior trim like window sills, the best finish is semi-gloss. Semi-gloss is long-lasting, easy to clean, and more moisture-resistant than other paint finishes. This makes it particularly ideal for windowsills exposed to the elements.
For shutters, doors, and contact surfaces, a high gloss is best. This resin-rich finish is long-lasting and dirt-repellent. It also adds depth and richness to colors.
Water-based paint such as Latex or Acrylic is not only long-lasting, it's much easier to apply than oil-based paint. It dries quicker, you don't need to use paint thinners to clean your gear, and you can still paint in low temperatures. Something you just can't do with oil-based paint!
Many people think using a brush is the only way to paint a house. They are surprised that wood absorbs spray paint just the same as brushed paint. Providing you prepare well and non-painted areas are covered, masked, and taped off - there really is no difference.
Some of the most popular exterior house colors for 2021 are neutral colors such as off-white, blue-gray, and taupe. That's because many homeowners believe neutral colors will make their homes easier to sell.
Also available in thousands of colors, exterior paint is highly durable with exceptional resistance to peeling, chipping, fading, mildew, and moisture damage caused by variations in temperature and weather. Exterior paints are available in multiple sheens to enhance and protect your home from the elements.