DIY Home Improvement Forum banner
1 - 15 of 15 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
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?
 

·
retired painter
Joined
·
13,138 Posts
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.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
8,029 Posts
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
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?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
740 Posts
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,284 Posts
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 :wink2:) Most people can't tolerate a high gloss house, but if you love the look of it go for it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
740 Posts
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,284 Posts
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.


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.
 

·
retired painter
Joined
·
13,138 Posts
I used a blow torch to soften the paint and scrape it off to bare wood.
That practice has been outlawed in many areas, too much danger of catching the siding on fire. It can also heat up the back side where a fire can break out after the painter has left for the day. The only heat allowed today to remove paint is electric.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
8,029 Posts
Mark is correct. I know 2 homeowners who caught their houses on fire using a blow torch. Well, one was actually using a heat gun, sat it down and it caught some brush and mulch on fire which damaged the siding.
 
  • Like
Reactions: SPS-1

·
Registered
Joined
·
312 Posts
Our store sells Valspar and Pratt and Lambert. Both by Sherwin Williams. You cannot go by the brand name as each outlet will have different brands of the same paint. For instance, Lowes also sells Valspar (as does ACE hardware) as we do. I can not cross a Lowes Valspar with the equivalent Valspar at my store by using the name of the paint. I must use a competitive menu on the computer to find what Valspar that we sell will match the same color as the Lowes Valspar. And there is no way of guaranteeing the equivalent quality between the two brands. Price is the about the only way you can assume quality will be better than competitors of the same S-W products.

Ace sells Valspar OPTIMUS as their premium paint
Lowes sells I believe Valspar Signature as their premium paint
Walmart sells Valspar Medallion as the premium paint

So which one is the best quality? It's a crap shoot. And just by the fact that Walmart sells Medallion as a high quality paint makes me cringe as to the quality.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
246 Posts
I used SW Super Paint, Satin finish 10 years ago. Still looks great. I also took prep seriously - scrubbed entire house with a brush, either literally holding the brush in my hand, or attached the brush to a pole to reach higher spots. Then I primed entire house. Then I rolled paint and brushed over that when still wet, to ensure good coverage. If you set up an SW account online, you might get a 25% discount when ordering paint online for pickup in store. I'm holding out for 40% off sale, but so many people are doing DIY things this year, SW has not had that sale. Usually they have that sale every 4-6 weeks over the spring/ summer and a few times the rest of the year.
 
1 - 15 of 15 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top