What is the best paint for exterior

I need to paint my house but I see so many paints that claim they are the best. What is a good exterior paint that does not cost a arm and a leg. Also what is the best primer to use, I have heard the term "milk paint" what does that mean ?
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Years ago, colonial times, milk based paint was popular. Today it is copied in modern materials.
I've use Pittsburgh Paints and Benjamin Moore with excellent results. I'm in the process of painting over shutter that I did with Pittsburgh about 12 + years ago. If it was not for the want of a color change, I could have just left them. Not a crack or peel anywhere, not enough fade to be concerned about.
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I agree about the Pittsburgh paints. Their "Manor Hall" top of the line exterior can't be beat. It's on sale allot. It's comparable to that Sherwin Williams lifetime guarantee stuff that never goes on sale. I hate the Steelers, but I still use the paint.
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Milk paint is available today from at least one site on line.
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Edwin - Those are the only two paints I ever use and recommend! Great minds think alike and great paints beat he heck out of the crapo junk, especially Behr brand at the orange store!

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On Sun, 03 Jul 2005 14:47:49 -0500, aezael wrote:

Check Consumers Reports. Generally, any top of the line paint of any major manufacturer (Benajamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, etc.) is good. Good paint isn't cheap and cheap paint isn't good :-). What you save on the paint you'll make up for in extra labor. Is there a busy paint shop in your area? Go there, ask them for recommendations. As for milk paint, likely you don't want to use it, but if you must know see: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=milk+paint&btnG=Google+Search
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Exactly. Anyone who gives you advice like "Sherwin Williams is good" or "Sherwin Williams is bad" you can summarily disregard. There is no such thing as Sherwin Williams paint. Like all the other manufacturers, they make good paint and they make bad paint. And wouldn't you know it, their expensive paint is good and their cheap paint is bad.
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I used to work for a business as a maintenance man. We used exclusively Sherwin Williams paint. I know they paid a premium price for it, but I was never highly impressed with any of it. interior, or exterior. I wont go so far as to say it's bad, but I never cared much for the way it applied or covered, particularly considering it was supposed to be top of the line stuff.
The best paint I have found is Lucite. (I do not work for them in any manner). I like the way it applies and covers, and the finished result, plus it holds up well. Better yet, it's priced in the middle range. Not the elcheapo $8 a gallon stuff, but not the $50 a gallon stuff either. If my memory is right, I believe I paid around $16 a gallon at Menards, about 3 years ago, for exterior semi-gloss. It's still holding up excellent on my garage, whereas I used some of that cheap $8 a gallon crap on a small shed (the same year), and that stuff is pure garbage. Cracking peeling, chalking, and holds dirt like a magnet. (of course that's flat paint, and I will never use flat exterior paint again, no matter who makes it, because it just gets dirty and will not wash off).
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The folks who recently painted my house - and did an excellent job - said that they have seen several brands of paint change in character and quality over time. I'll bet Mr. Pawlowski did a very careful job of preparation if his paint job lasted 12 years. TB
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snipped-for-privacy@bellsouth.net wrote:

The most notable is anything labeled behr. They made good paint until they got involved with home depot.

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On Sun, 03 Jul 2005 14:47:49 -0500, aezael wrote:

The paints that claim to be the best are usually the worst. Buy a brand that claims to be the worst and you will have the best paint.
Milk paint is when your wife takes off her bra and paints the house with her breasts. A woman must have really big boobs to hold a paintbrush between her boobs and paint a whole house. My wife does it all the time and it's really fun to watch !!!! She dont even need to carry a can of paint, she just drinks the paint before starting the job and the paint squirts out of her tits as she strokes the brush across the house using the muscles in her boobs.
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On Sun, 03 Jul 2005 14:47:49 -0500, aezael wrote:

The paints that claim to be the best are usually the worst. Buy a brand that claims to be the worst and you will have the best paint.
Milk paint is when your wife takes off her bra and paints the house with her breasts. A woman must have really big boobs to hold a paintbrush between her boobs and paint a whole house. My wife does it all the time and it's really fun to watch !!!! She dont even need to carry a can of paint, she just drinks the paint before starting the job and the paint squirts out of her tits as she strokes the brush across the house using the muscles in her boobs.
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