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Exterior paints can be complicated because of the wide range of surfaces. These surfaces include clapboard and aluminum siding, wood shingles, tar shingles, cedar shakes, brick, concrete block, stucco, and old paint. On many older homes, you’ll find a combination of these surfaces. Fortunately, there is an exterior paint for every type of surface, and some paints are suitable for more than one surface.

Like interior paints, exterior paints are available in either water-thinned or solvent-thinned formulas and in three lusters: flat, semigloss, and gloss. There are, however, several characteristics that distinguish exterior paints from those used inside the house. Exterior paints contain more resin (for moisture resistance and durability) and more pigment (for color).

Latex exterior paints are easier to apply, dry quickly, and can help minimize moisture problems because they “breathe”. These paints do not adhere as well to oil-based or alkyd-based paints or to poorly prepared surfaces. Alkyds, on the other hand, are extremely durable, but they are more difficult to work with and they dry slowly.

Please click the sample images below to see the different types of exterior paint.