I don't know why, but most use flat. Sure wouldn't use gloss on my
cedar shingles. Semi-gloss on the wood trim though. You can always
break with the crowd, but there must be a reason. If you want to
repaint down the line, it is harder to get a good bond on gloss without
sanding a little.
A lot of it is cost--for same brand/quality price goes up w/ gloss...
Another factor is similar thing about higher gloss on interior
walls--more gloss shows more imperfections in the surface. Yet another
is a high gloss white can be absolutely blinding in a bright sun--while
I chose it for specifically for the heat-reflecting effect on the barn,
most don't like that on a house.
Learned a few more things here, you notice what people do but don't
think to wonder why. Intuitively if I had a clapboard house I wouldn't
use gloss because it's just not "traditional" even though I hated that
chalky feel to the old paint. I did know that light colors tend to
reflect heat and darker colors absorb. I wanted a brown house. I
wonder if it would be a few degrees cooler if I had chosen a lighter
color? Probably not enough to make that much difference.
The satin comments were interesting, wouldn't want that for shingles,
but might be nice on siding or other types of exteriors.
Glare, that wouldn't be so good.
Satin works for me. Durable yet not too shiny.
I agree. I've just gone through this same topic with
several good paint stores. Satin was most often
suggested, followed by semi-gloss (with the caveat
that some semi-gloss paints are extremely glossy).
You need to include more information. What are you painting? Siding?
Trim? What kind of material? Environment? Surroundings?
For example, if you have a brick house, you might want to use or
eggshell for the trim just to keep consistent. If you have vinyl
siding, you might want a trim paint with more gloss. If you're painting
the siding, then it's entirely up to you, but what is the environment?
If you live in the Northwest, you might want to stay away from flat
paint because it could mildew easier. If you have lots of trees near
the house, again, flat might not be a good choice.
I recommend talking to someone at a paint store - a store that
specializes in paint. The odds of you getting someone at the box stores
who knows enough about paint to advise you in your locale is iffy at
we are talking exterior right?
You DON"T use NONE of the suggestions above. Ther is no outside gloss
unless you freaky and want something to talk about. MOst exteriors
paints are all STAINS or a STAIN based product for durability. The cost
start to change with high endurance or rust proof and so forth. It
depends on your outside finishing. Flat is natural as would
iE:::::takes the staind as so to protect it.
I hope this helps but you should really see a paintstore for pro
advice, and no gloss it be horrable.
WARNING stains never look like the samples they are almost always
dingier. Use test quarts first and try it on a spot (in the back
exterior paint ARE ALL STAINS whether you think so or not this is why they hold
to the enoviroment. You need to do your home work!
latex, oils, stains, exterior, interior, Furniture ITS ALL DIFFERENT!
the base is one thing, the finish is another, the durability and use
intentend changes brands and modes (MODES ARE the complex chemicals in
which paints are derived from)
The recomendations at a store are typical but the insight into how it
actually WORKS you need to get up to par on. There is a big difference.
Go and Build for 30 years and then say something.
of exterior paint ARE ALL STAINS whether you think so or not this is why they
hold to the enoviroment. You need to do your home work!
Who said anything about recommendations at stores? The simple fact is
that the exterior of most homes are painted with PAINT, not stain.
And a hell of a lot more exterior PAINT is sold than stain, period.
You may know something about building, but you obviously don't know
much about paint.
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