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Old 01-15-2020, 11:32 PM   #1
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What is the best exterior Sherwin Williams paint


I need to paint the exterior of my house which was built in 1979. I want to get a Sherwin Williams paint with an eggshell finish. Which Sherwin Williams paint should I get Duration , Emerald or one of the others they sell?
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IMO SuperPaint applies better than Duration. I also don't think with the price comparison that Duration is that much better. I've never used any exterior Emerald. SuperPaint is my preferred exterior paint line.
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I've used 'em all. The best "bang for your buck" is SuperPaint. If you want to spend a bit more money, Duration. Emerald is something I use on aluminum siding. Something about it makes it go on "buttery smooth" on aluminum.

Duration and Emerald are high - priced, but, to me, they are not high end paints. As for an eggshell finish, I don't believe any of them have eggshell, but they all come in Satin. Eggshell is more of an interior type sheen.
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I've used 'em all. The best "bang for your buck" is SuperPaint. If you want to spend a bit more money, Duration. Emerald is something I use on aluminum siding. Something about it makes it go on "buttery smooth" on aluminum.

Duration and Emerald are high - priced, but, to me, they are not high end paints. As for an eggshell finish, I don't believe any of them have eggshell, but they all come in Satin. Eggshell is more of an interior type sheen.
They sell low luster sheen. Would you recommend that or satin?
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I doubt there is an appreciable difference between the two, pick one. Satin is likely shinier but not something you'd notice from across the road.
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on exteriors, I really dont think it matters. I use semigloss on painted front doors, and whatever middle sheen on the house body and trim, and thats pretty standard.
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In the last 10 plus years, all I've used is SATIN.
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When I had my house painted last year I found that with Sherwin Williams there were different paints under the same name depending on where it was being sold and some that were sold by Lowe's were discontinued.



I decided to go instead with Benjamin Moore Aura paint. I was not sure of the color and so I bought 4 sample pots of paint and put them on the wall. Not only did this $32 investment insure that I got the color I wanted, I also got a very good idea as to the coverage. The Aura was expensive but I found that I got 50% more coverage with it than I had ever found with other paint from Sherwin Williams or Behr in the past.



The better Benjamin Moore paints also are excellent at not blooming or changing color hue over time so if you do need to touch up an area a few years later the colors will match and you will not need to paint an entire wall (been there and done that).



Their Regal paint is highly recommended by pro painters but I cannot say about its coverage as compared to Aura.
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There are basically 4 factors to consider when picking sheen.


1) how it gets dirty and how it gets clean
2) durability
3) your aeshetic preference
4) cost


The more sheen a paint has, the more it costs. For most people, the price difference is small compared to the other 2 factors, so they basically ignore price.


The more sheen a paint has, the less dirty it will get and the easier it is to keep clean. This goes hand in hand with durability. The best gloss in this case is high gloss, with flat being the worst.


Aesthetically sheen is purely personal preference, and no one can tell you what you like. So pick the highest sheen that you can stand to look at. If you LOVE flat but "can live with" satin and HATE semi-gloss, then get satin. (basically don't buy flat ) Most people can't tolerate a high gloss house, but if you love the look of it go for it.
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The sheen also affects how waterproof paint is as well. You can download the data sheetss for many paints and check this out for yourself. If you have a lot of wind and rain hitting the house then a more durable or water resistant paint sheen will help.

For me it was mostly about the durability and color fastness of the paint as the labor was not expected to differ. In actual use though the Aura was as good with one coat as less expensive paint with two coats and so I could have saved on both paint and labor and reduced the total cost of painting my house.
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The sheen also affects how waterproof paint is as well. You can download the data sheetss for many paints and check this out for yourself. If you have a lot of wind and rain hitting the house then a more durable or water resistant paint sheen will help.

Yup. I notice you used the word durable - I was lumping that in with durability.


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For me it was mostly about the durability and color fastness

I'm not aware if the sheen affects the color fastness (UV, etc.) It's possible, maybe something to add to the list.
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