Originally Posted by chrisn
Ben Moore, Fresh Sart oil primer,Aura top coat
Yup! Benjamin Moore's Fresh Start Alkyd Primer is great stuff for wood siding. But Sherwin Williams would be another choice. And where you are you can get Kelly Moore which used to be my go to brand on the West Coast. It is sold only West of the rockies. Something like Sherwin Williams Woodscapes Solid Acrylic Stain might be worth consideration but I don't know about maintenance in your climate. You can get it tinted, like paint, to any color.
Scan back through posts from the last few weeks and find several from others with Pacific Northwest painting projects. There were several recommendations for paints out of Portland. Portland is sort of a paint mecca with great brush manufacturers and one supposes paint manufacturers as well. I just have not had access to a lot of the paint brands. I think Miller is out of Portland? They were just opening a paint store where I lived last. There are probably small manufacturers formulating paints just for your unique climate?
As for box store paint considerations please read the posts on this site, especially with regard to Behr. And just for laughs, read the Consumer Reports postings about it. It does not make people happy and has slipped in the CR ratings. People on the CR don't get how it ever got a high recommendation.
Glidden is owned by a company well known for quality paints. I see the paint store trucks quite a bit around here. Something has to give in quality to live within box store price point and profit margins though. Others have box store brands too and I have not been impressed when using it on volunteer projects where it was donated. Pittsburgh at box store level is horrid stuff while paint store quality products are fine. Dutch Boy is Sherwin Williams brand and I would not touch it if it were not donated.
It seems like you are approaching your project with appropriate care and maintenance concerns in mind. You are lining someone up to do the job correctly so don't go all the way to the finish line (pun perhaps intended) and blow it by not spending a little extra for quality paint. Shop in a paint store. Look for coupons and ask for discounts. Or trust your contractor to get you the best deal. Yours probably has better purchasing power than you do just by virtue of the annual volume of paint purchased.
And to be honest, I might have offered you some choices but would not have allowed you to tell me to use a box store paint. I would not have warranted the job and was generally busy enough I would have politely turned down the work if you became insistent.