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5 Best Exterior Wood Paints (And How to Use Them)

When you are painting outside, not just any paint will do. You want something made for what you are doing and something that will last you a long time. Just like you might look at a review from Toolsy for your tools, you want to know everything you need to know about your paint. In this article, we will take a look at 5 of the best exterior paints for wood and how you can use them to get the best results.

1. BEHR Marquee Exterior Flat: Perfect for Bare Wood

The first exterior paint up on our list is BEHR Marquee Exterior Flat paint. This paint is great if you want a classic, flat color on the wood outside your home. It is also a primer and paint in one, so you don’t have to worry about going back over the wood you’ve already primed with paint. Since it has a primer in it, this makes it a great choice for bare wood. That is because primer is great to fill the pores of bare wood and make a smoother, less porous surface to serve your top coat.

The simple, non-reflective paint surface as its advantages while being aesthetically pleasing. For instance, it won’t show minor surface imperfections as much as a more reflective finish might. It is estimated that this product will cover about 250 to 400 square feet per gallon.

To apply this paint, you will want to choose a day when the temperature is between 35 degrees and 90 degrees. Ideally, it will stay this temperature for at least 4 hours after application to allow the paint time to dry. You will also want to allow the paint to dry for at least 60 minutes before it faces its first rain shower to allow it time to set.

First, you will want to stir the paint to ensure a uniform color. You will want to stir this periodically to ensure your paint color stays even.

For rough surfaces, you will want to use a ¾ to 1-inch nap roller while smoother surfaces call for a ⅜ to ½-inch nap roller cover, nylon or polyester brush, or an airless sprayer. You shouldn’t thin this paint unless it’s absolutely necessary as is true with an airless sprayer at times. Then you should only thin it with ½ pint of water per gallon.

2. Glidden Premium Exterior Paint: Offers Options for Sheen

Glidden Premium exterior paint is a great choice for wood and just about any other outdoor surface you might be painting on. It comes in multiple sheens: flat, semi-gloss, and satin. This gives you several options when you are choosing what works best for your home.

No matter what finish you choose, Glidden Premium exterior paint has great color retention. In addition, it is resistant to peeling and cracking, giving you a long lasting finish. These paints come in three sizes including a quart, a one gallon, and a five gallon container. One gallon of paint is estimated to cover up to 400 square feet.

For painting with this paint, you will want to follow many of the same instructions that we went over for the BEHR Marquee Exterior Flat paint. When applying this paint, you are fine to use it in temperatures as low as 35 degrees.

3. Sherwin-Williams Duration Exterior Acrylic Latex: Great for Smooth Siding

Acrylic latex paint is your best bet when you are working with smooth siding and one of your best choices for this is Sherwin-Williams’ Duration Exterior Acrylic Latex paint. This paint is great because it is made with their PermaLast Technology. That means it’s made to go on thick and last a long time once it’s on.

The Sherwin-Williams Duration Exterior Acrylic Latex paint also comes in multiple finishes. This time, the choices are flat, low lustre, satin, and gloss. It comes in portions of 1 gallon or 5 gallons.

Once again, you are going to be following the same instructions to apply this paint. Additionally, you will be able to apply it in temperatures as low as 35 degrees.

4. Valspar Paint SeasonFlex Paint: Protection of a Lifetime Warranty

Next up on the list we have SeasonFlex Paint by Valspar Paint. Not only is this paint 100% acrylic, making it great for wood, it is also covered under a lifetime warranty. This means that they back their product to withstand the test of time and the elements.

Much like the BEHR product we looked at earlier, this paint is actually a paint and primer in one. So, you won’t have to go over the hassle of laying primer and then waiting to paint over it.

When you are using this product, you should be sure not to thin it in any way. In addition, you shouldn’t use it on bricks, glazed floor or steps. For each gallon you use, you can expect this paint to cover 300 to 400 square feet.

5. PPG Timeless Exterior Paint and Primer: Many Color Options

Finally, we have the PPG Timeless Exterior Paint and Primer. As the name suggests, this is another option that you won’t have to worry about priming and painting your wood separately. Plus, it comes in over 1,000 color options so you won’t have to worry about not finding a color that suits your home.

This paint is also strong against damage as well. From flaking to cracking, you won’t have to worry about this paint. You also won’t have to worry about mildew, mold, or algae when you use this paint either.

Author :

Hi there, I’m Woodworking Pete Alman. I’m a former carpenter turned writer, and proud resident of Nashville, Tennessee. When not working on a project in my shed, I’m lifting weights or hanging out with my three dogs (Dobermans).

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