I am about to paint the entire exterior of a 2-story detached single family
home. It has all wood siding, and wood trim around the windows. It is a
rental property in an okay but not high-end area.
The plan is to paint it all white -- siding, trim, eaves, etc.
We are going to try spray painting most of it with a good airless paint
sprayer, and then cutting in and finishing the rest with a brush and roller.
And, we are probably going to be using Home Depot's Behr Premium Plus Ultra
Exterior Latex Paint.
My main question is, should we be painting it with flat paint, satin finish
paint, or semi-gloss paint?
I am thinking, not semi-gloss, but maybe either flat or satin finish.
Any recommendations or suggestions? -- particularly about flat versus
satin -- but also any other thoughts or suggestions to keep in mind.
On Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 1:15:39 PM UTC-4, TomR wrote:
Typically flat is used for the siding, semi-gloss for the trim. Some
might go with a satin, which is one step up from flat, but it depends
on the color and what you want it to look like. Flat shows the least
imperfections in the surface, semi-gloss is much worse. Flat on the
siding is the safest choice. If you want to go with satin, make sure
to do a big test section first and see if you like how it looks.
It also depends on what's there already. For example if it hasn't been
painted, has solid stain on it, then I would continue to use that.
If it's wood siding, I would not just spray it. You can spray it on
then use a brush to back-brush it, work it in. Pros do that, to make
it go faster. The majority of the time is spend getting paint up onto
the surface and not having to go back and forth to a paint can cuts the
As always, surface prep, including power washing it first, is the most
I agree on semi-gloss. You don't want a shiny house.
Satin also has a sheen, so my preference would be flat.
The satin would be easier to clean, but who does that?
Not sure I like the all white plan though. I'd look for a body color
that works well with the roof color. Having the trim a different
color usually adds something to the appearance too.
Depends. Flat certainly shows imperfections less, shiny is easier to clean.
One problem is that there is no standard (AFAIK) for sheen...it varies from
manufacturer to manufacturer.
Our 20 year old stuccoed house was last painted six years ago. Originally
and then we used semi-gloss. It does not look shiny, rain washes off the
The first time it was painted I planned to use an airless sprayer. Masking
took so long I abandoned it and went with rollers. With a grid in a 5
gallon bucket of paint, application is fast. The second time it was
painted, the pro painter used the same method.
In addition to the masking PITA, sprayed paint needs to be rolled too, might
as well start that way.
I agree with someone else that all white would be boring.
Swung by a couple of the local name brand paint stores where the pro
painters go to buy their paint. Get there really early as that's when
the boys buy the day's supply.
Ask the painters, ask a few counter guys for their recommendations, The
more gray hair, the better. They know the climate in your area and the
kinds of siding on the houses.
Have a few boxes of donuts in your car to use as a thank you.
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| Ask the painters, ask a few counter
| guys for their recommendations
He's already made up his mind about how to
do it and what to use. He's only asking about
an aesthetic decision that no one but him can
On Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 11:07:34 PM UTC-4, rbowman wrote:
You have to be careful with painting a test area in a different sheen.
I've done that with interior paint and even after two or three coats
of the final selection, you can still see a difference where the
underlying test spots were. And it's because of the texture difference,
not the color. The colors were similar or the same. Outside, maybe
it won't be noticeable, but it might be.
Thanks all for the suggestions and ideas.
We started painting today and we will be going back tomorrow to finish.
Rather than trying to answer each post individually, I'll try just
We decided to go with Behr Premium Plus Ultra, Exterior Satin Enamel,
9050 -- Ultra Pure White:
We didn't want semi-gloss, and since we are not going to paint the trim a
different color or with a different finish, we decided that a satin finish
would end up looking the best. So far, it is looking pretty good.
I have seen other homes in the neighborhood that are all white -- white
exterior wood siding, white trim, white eaves, etc. -- no contrasting
colors. And, they look good. I actually own another house that is also
painted all white. I agree that some contrasting colors also looks good,
but all white fits in with what is in the area, and it fits in in the area
where I have the other house. And, sticking with all white is saving us a
lot of time.
The airless paint sprayer is a Graco that my friend owns. It is working
well -- better and easier than I had expected. We did take the suggestion
of buying the mesh screening/filter and we poured the paint through the mesh
screen into a new and clean 5-gallon bucket that we also bought at Home
Depot. The screens are cheap -- about $4.20 for two of them for 5-gallon
pails. We had no clogs all day. My friend had used the same sprayer
before, and he had not used the filter screens in the past, and he said he
used to have lots of clogs each day that required him to clean the tip using
some technique that he had figured out. But, no clogs today.
We are going through a lot more paint than we had expected. I estimated the
square footage of the exterior to be about 2,200 square feet max -- a 25 by
30 house, maybe 20 feet high. I had thought that we may get about 350 - 400
square feet per gallon, but we are getting a lot less. The above link says
to plan on 250 - 400 square feet per gallon, which I had not seen before.
Seems like we are getting around 250 square feet per gallon so far.
To mask the windows and doors, we decided to try an idea that I had -- and
it is working out well. I had a left over roll of "tar paper" (roofing
paper?), and we decided to use that to mask the windows and doors etc. We
just cut sections of it to cover each window and door and used push pins to
pin them up on the windows etc. It's pretty easy, and most of the windows
are the same size on this house, so as we moved around the house we could
take the covers off of one window and use the same one to cover another
We are going back tomorrow, so maybe I will be able to take a few photos and
post them to show how we did the tar paper routine for masking.
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