Exterior Paint Guide: New Paint Types

When it comes to painting your house, or any project for that matter, you don’t always have to take the traditional route. Depending on your home’s needs, there’s a unique paint option for you. If your neighborhood is under intense sunlight for long hours, you can opt for a durable exterior paint that resists UV degradation. If you prefer a product sans harsh chemicals that will last for decades, perhaps you’d like a natural linseed paint. Thanks to advances in formulas and paint applications, there’s always improved products being added to the market, such as the exterior paint types listed below.

For a more in-depth look at exterior painting best practices, stay tuned for our other guides: FAQ, Products, Proper Painting, and Choosing a Color.

New Paints on the Block

Here are some specialty coatings to consider, and a few that call for extra caution.

No-fade paint: NeverFade contains Kynar Aquatec, a water-based resin guaranteed to resist UV degradation for 15 years. Must be applied by a company-certified contractor.

Natural paint: Linseed paint (about $160 per 0.85 gallon; Solvent Free Paint) has no solvents, petroleum, VOCs, or toxic ingredients. Three coats should last 50 years. Made from an age-old recipe using only boiled linseed oil and ground-up minerals.

Waterborne oil: Eco (about $50 per liter; Fine Paints of Europe) is an oil paint you clean up with soap and water. More flexible and fade resistant than regular oils but not as smooth. Not for use on porch floors.

Gelled oil: In the can, Trim & Door (about $20 per quart; Glidden) has the consistency of mousse, so it won’t drip, yet it levels out to a beautiful, even shine.

Self-priming paint: It’s sold as a step-saver, but then it might take more coats to get the right opacity and sheen. About $25 per gallon from various manufacturers.

Liquid-vinyl siding: This thick coating, sprayed on by a pro, is warranted for 25 years or more, depending on the franchise that applies it. At $3.50 to $5 per square foot, it’s double the cost of a professional paint job.

Solid-color stain: Sold widely as an easy-to-apply coating with a perfectly flat sheen. Forms a thin film that allows underlying texture to show through, but it’s not as durable as paint. About $30 per gallon from various manufacturers.


This information originally appeared in This Old House magazine. Author //  Thomas Baker

Dani is House One’s assistant editor. As a Norwalk, CT native, Dani graduated from UConn with a BA in Digital Media and Design. This millennial longs for the days of All That, Tamagotchis, and Dunkaroos. When she’s not working, she’s hanging outdoors, playing with her dogs, or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

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