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.

 

Masonry Paint

 

There are two contenders for the best masonry paint, and it all comes down to budget. Emperor Paints Masonry paint is a level above anything else you’ll find on the market. Available online, it isn’t exactly cheap, but it uses something called hydrophobic technology to make a finished surface very water repellent. It is also breathable, self-cleaning and heat retaining!! So, if you use this paint on your external render walls, your house will cost less to heat!! Oh, and you’ll only need to repaint every 25 years!!! Full review here.

 

The other option is Wethertex Wethertex AP77. The finish is just as good, opacity and ease of use are fantastic. This is also completely breathable, meaning you can use it on all types of masonry. This is probably the best standard/affordable masonry paint.

 

Exterior Woodstain

 

The best exterior woodstain is not a straightforward choice. There are a couple of different things you should consider.

 

If your timber is old, battered and chipped, then you may want to look at Dulux Ultimate. The opacity of this woodstain is fantastic, which means it covers a multitude of sins. It is an oil-based product, but you’ll find it fast-drying, durable and it will last for years. The only downside is the brush marks. Dulux Ultimate Woodstain doesn’t seem to level off very well, so large, flat surfaces such as doors can look a little, erm, naff. It’s great for battered windows, or fascia boards.

 

Something that does settle down brilliantly is Sadolin Extra. The opacity isn’t as good and it is slow drying, but the finish is spectacular! You should first coat bare timber with a coat of Sadolin Classic, followed by the Extra.

 

Exterior Fillers

 

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!!

 

Sundries

 

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.

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