I haven't seen this discussed here and need some good words from you good
I'm building a new home about 3200 sq ft. cement block with stucco. I want
to have it painted with a good paint but the prices are all over the place.
Any suggestions as to what brands I should consider, Sherwin-Williams,
Benjamin Moore, Gladdens, Bear etc.???
Thanks for your replies, suggestions.
My favorite is Kelly Moore. I know many painters suggest it in the west.
Since you are building a block home I figure you are in hurricane country. I
have also heard painters claim Benjamin Moore is also good paint....my two
cents....good luck, Ross
can't you find a tint color you like that can be blended into the mix for
there are those who say paint is paint since most manufacturers produce for
several companies, but that's as old as the saying motor oil is motor oil,
it doesn't matter who makes it. now w/ that outta the way if you're going to
paint over fresh stucco, use a good primer that can be colored or tinted
toward the color of the paint you choose and use 2 coats of paint. any one
of the names you posted are well known products and should get quality
results from but i wouldn'ty use something like "Jim's" paint though. when
i painted my house 10 years ago we painted over asbestos shingles and primed
it first and used 2 coats of Sears WeatherBeater and if we hadn't covered it
w/ vinyl it would still look great today.
Putting color in stucco will take some planning. However if you color the
stucco you will not have to paint for a long time, more than 10 years.
Paint on stucco is dicey at best, look at the chemistry on this. Here in
Phoenix the Dunn-Edwards folks say that a stucco home needs to be primed
then painted 2 coats, that will last about 5 years. Then you will paint
again and that will last 7-10 years. Of course you have to re-prime and two
coats of paint again.
My homes complex is turning 6 years old and most of the homes exterior paint
jobs look streaky and faded. I painted the exterior of my home this summer.
When compared to painting I would go for coloring the stucco every time if
it was at all possible. After all they are only coloring the last two
I painted my stucco house 15 years ago and now it is probably getting close
to do it again. I used Kelly Moore exterior latex. Prep. was hosing and
brushing. The wood trim was/ is more of an issue than the stucco.
About the time I had mastered getting the toothpaste back in the tube, then
Forget all the cheap paints. Good paint is expensive to make, and it
will not be priced low. You may want to take a look at Consumer Reports
magazine, but keep in mind paint formulas seem to change fast and I don't
think they have a current review of outdoor paints.
Some inexpensive paint is really not too bad, you just have to know which
one is good. Certain line of Walmart and Sears for example are pretty good
and usually one coat coverage. I usually buy 4 or more 5-gallon buckets at a
time so knowing which cheap but good paint saves some money.
Thanks to all for the responses. Coloring the stucco is out as it is already
on the house.
I'm having the house painted by contract licensed painters and all suggest
prime/seal then two coats paint sprayed on with the second coat rolled just
after the spray on.
Yea, I checked consumers report by I'm too cheap to sign up for their
I've narrowed my choice of paint down to Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams.
Several years ago Sears Weather beater would have been my choice but Sears
changed the maker of their paint and the weather beater is now real thin
just like the cheap paints. Hell almost could stand a brush up in the old
stuff and it lasted for years. Gone are the good old days.
I'm in Tampa Florida and the sun beats the hell out of paint here.
Again thanks for the replies.
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