Pls help re paint

Pls help re paint
We live in the SF Bay Area, California. We are thinking of painting the exterior of our home.The exterior is stucco. We are using Kelly Moore paint..
We have already painted the trim / siding in "low sheen" swiss coffee white.
What should the exterior paint on the stucco be flat or "low sheen" paint ?
Are there any advantages to "flat: or "low sheen" paint?
Also since we have already already painted the trim / siding in "low sheen", what is the best for the stucco as the combination with the trim ?
We are thinking of Navajo white for the stucco.
Pls let me know.
Thanks, Linda
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On May 6, 9:28 pm, snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

I live in SF as well. Given the mositure we get, higher the sheen the better. it repels moisture and dirt. You'll be painting again in 2yr due to dirt and mostiure issues.
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I live in SF as well. Given the mositure we get, higher the sheen the better. it repels moisture and dirt. You'll be painting again in 2yr due to dirt and mostiure issues.
Typically one would use Flat for the main house color and one step more glossy for the trim, maybe two steps glossier for the front door. A shiny house looks funny. Any good qulaity paint will protect the house regardless of sheen. As usual, the key to a good looking and long lasting paint job is PREP PREP PREP. Power Wash, Wire brush, scrape and sand as required any damaged paint before painting over it. It might even pay off to put up a primer coat, it should extend the life of the color coat.
I live in Milpitas and the white flat paint on my stucco house is at least 6 years old (I owned for 5 years and the paint was not new when I bought it) and the paint on the stucco is still in excellent shape with no peeling anywhere. I have had to touch up a few areas of trim where localized patches have peeled and at the bottom of the garage door trim of course. You should not be repainting in 2 years if it is done right. Kelly Moore is as good as any other brand IMO.
We get a lot of fog and dust but not the kind of soaking driving rains and hail that can really trash a paint job. You may need a power wash in 2-3 years but shouldn't need more than touch up paint spot by then. Paint should last 10 years or its not worth the effort.
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