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Top 4 Types of Exterior Paint to Choose

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One way of improving your home’s look is by painting its exterior. A great paint job can make your home stand out from the rest of the surrounding homes. However, the process of painting a house’s exterior is no small task.

There are several factors to consider before beginning the paint job, and one of them is the paint to use. There are many types of exterior paints, each with its unique advantages. Below are four of the most common types of exterior paints.

1. Acrylic Paints

Acrylic paints are essentially plastic paints with good adhesive qualities. Acrylic paints are water-soluble and are very stable since they can resist chemical decomposition and oxidation. Hence, acrylic paints take a long time before turning yellow.

Thanks to technological advancements, some acrylic paints now consist of urethane, which gives them a more hardened finish. Acrylic paints are best for walls.

2. Latex Paints

Latex paint is made using acrylic resin. Being water-based paint, latex paint is also water-soluble. Most people prefer latex to acrylic paint for painting walls because they can buy latex paint in large quantities.

Latex paint dries faster, contracts and expands well according to seasonal temperatures, and is also easy to clean in case of imperfections. Painters can apply latex paint on most exterior places, like walls, columns, and fences.

3. Enamel Paints

When you are looking for a rugged look, go for enamel paint. Enamel paint is also known for being durable and can withstand many harsh conditions making it one of the best paints for exterior projects.

Another benefit of enamel paint is that no primer or sanding is necessary when painting. Enamel is a good option for fences, sheds, or wooden structures.

4. Oil-Based Paints

Besides being water-resistant, oil-based paints are also durable. Oil-based paints penetrate surfaces better than other types of paints. They also have better adhesion. Due to being resistant to water, oil-based paints are the best option for painting metallic surfaces. They are also an excellent option for painting bleeding woods.


The above paints are the most popular for painting home exteriors. Be sure to consult a Painter Bros expert for your next home project, as we know the best types of paints to use for your specific home’s exterior. Give us a call today (844) 509-2313!


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