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Old 10-09-2006, 02:16 AM   #1
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Interior vs. exterior paint


The other discussion got me thinking...

Is exterior paint always superior to interior paint?

And what would you consider "exterior?" For example, surfaces that get direct rain is obviously exterior. Soffits and underside of eaves same. But what about an enclosed patio where the doors could open all the way? What about a covered breezeway nook located 25 feet from the nearest roof overhang? What about a porch ceiling? If you had a leftover gallon of interior paint of the perfect color, would you use it there?

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Old 10-09-2006, 03:34 AM   #2
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Im not sure what you mean about exterior paint being superior to interior paint. They are both manufactured to serve a specified purpose.
I would never use exterior paint for an interior nor would I use interior paint for an exterior.
Covered areas on the porches need exterior paint. They are exposed to the humidity, and here in Florida, we get big thunderstorms that blow the rain everywhere not to mention hurricanes.
Your warranty wont apply if you use it in the incorrect area either.
Play it safe and just buy another gallon of paint and have it matched to the perfect color.

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The other discussion got me thinking...

Is exterior paint always superior to interior paint?

And what would you consider "exterior?" For example, surfaces that get direct rain is obviously exterior. Soffits and underside of eaves same. But what about an enclosed patio where the doors could open all the way? What about a covered breezeway nook located 25 feet from the nearest roof overhang? What about a porch ceiling? If you had a leftover gallon of interior paint of the perfect color, would you use it there?
Well, sure exterior paint might be superior to interior...outside. But the reverse is true as well. Both are designed specifically for the elements, conditions, and task at hand. Enclosed patio=exterior. Nook=exterior. Porch ceiling=exterior.

Rule of thumb: If the room isnt a controlled environment, it's exterior. Controlled meaning...heat, glass windows, well insulated, etc.
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