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Williebee 05-30-2011 11:31 AM

Exterior House Paint.
Exterior of house. We've having the exterior power washed, picked a color, a contractor and paint mfg., but must decide on finish type, satin, flat or semi-gloss, which is best for exterior painting?

Katz 05-30-2011 01:13 PM

What kind of material are you painting?
For example I have stucco and some people say to never paint stucco buts its been fine and there's a masonry / stucco paint.

Do you have wood, vinyl siding, stucco?

Gymschu 05-30-2011 02:45 PM

I know a lot of contractors recommend FLAT, but, I hate a flat finish for exteriors. Any dirt in the air tends to find its' way onto your siding and really collects on a flat finish. Satin is best IMO for most substrates.

jsheridan 05-31-2011 03:42 AM

I prefer flat for the field areas like siding, stucco (if painted, ouch, would never put a sheen on stucco). BM's low luster is also nice, for non-stucco areas. I like a semi, or lower, on exterior trim. And gloss for the doors. If you have a lot of field area, a sheen can tend to look gaudy. While exterior flats are far more resilient than interior, they will attract dirt quicker than sheen enamels, but that's why they sell house wash chemicals and equipment. It's not extra work really, as all paints will benefit from a regular cleaning. Along with visual inspection and spot repair/touch-up of exterior painted surfaces, a regular cleaning is smart maintenance.

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