The Best Exterior Paints for your Home
By Mike Gregory
I’ve been a decorator for 19 years and spend most of my time during the warmer months painting the exterior of properties. I’m also a massive paint geek, opting to use a wide range of brands and products. I thought I’d take a little bit of time to talk you through the products I believe are the best exterior paints for your home. I hope you find it useful.
Gloss Paint for Timber
Exterior timber such as doors, windows, soffits and fascia boards take a battering!! Not just because of the damp, heat and UV rays, but also because timber tends to contract or expand every time the weather changes. Your paint products need to be up to the task and there are very few brands I have absolute faith in. I’m quite old-school when it comes to exterior products and think oil-based will always outlast water.
The gloss paint I tend to go for when painting exterior timber is Dulux Trade Weathershield. Easy to apply, great opacity, can be tinted into just about any colour and will last for years!! No colour fading over time, and it offers great protection for the surface underneath. The sheen level of this gloss is bang on too!! The overall finish is brilliant!!
Dulux Weathershield can be a bit pricey, particularly if you don’t qualify for a trade discount at Dulux Decorating Centre. It is often cheaper to buy Weathershield online.
Exterior Eggshell for Timber
The best exterior eggshell is Sandtex X-Tra !! This stuff is amazing!! Opacity and finish are awesome!! It can take a little bit of time to apply and it is slow drying, but it will outlast any other paint of its type!! The colours are rich and deep too, leaving a luxurious and contemporary finish, perfect for exterior windows and doors. You can buy this product from Crown Decorating Centre or online.
There are two contenders for the best water-based masonry paint to use on the exterior of your home. You could opt for Dulux Trade Weathershield, which is extremely easy to use, great opacity and an awesome finish. This paint is shower proof in half an hour, which gives you piece of mind when using it. The only issue is, although the tin claims otherwise, Dulux trade Weathershield isn’t very breathable. This means it can’t cope very well on substrates such as lime cement render, or anything containing moisture.
You could instead look at the Wethertex AP77. The finish is just as good, if not better than the Dulux Weathershield. Opacity and ease of use are fantastic, plus it’s completely breathable, meaning it will last on all types of masonry. It does last too!! It keeps its colour for years after it’s been applied.
I told you I’m a geek, well I like to use ALL the best materials when painting the exterior of someone’s home, that includes fillers.
The absolute best filler for woodwork is Repair Care. You will find it remains flexible and expands or contracts with the timber around it. You can even twist a screw into it, and it holds just as it would in timber!! The only issue with Repair Care is it’s a bit specialised and you should really attend a course before using it.
Most of the time I would use car body filler which I buy from Halfords. It isn’t suitable for larger holes as the repair doesn’t seem to last, but it’s fine for most cosmetic filling.
The best masonry filler is Toupret!! Either murex or skimcoat, depending on the type of repair. These products will set solid, are easy to use, easy to shape and last an age!!
I won’t spend too long on each of these.
The best exterior caulk I’ve ever used is Onetime from Ciret. Not because of the application or the aesthetics, but because I know it will not fail over time as other products will.
The best masking film I have used is Indasa Coverall. This is a blue plastic film with masking tape at the top. You simply roll it out over a window, door, or whatever else you want to cover, cut it to length and unfold the plastic. Electrostatic will cause the film to drop flush to the surface long enough for you to tape around it.
The Best Exterior Paints for your Home