How to Paint Your House’s Exterior Part 6 – Matching Paint to Surfaces

Matching Paint to Surfaces

To ensure a quality paint job that will last, the paint you’ll use depends on the type of surface you want to paint. Walls – Because it’s easy to work with, latex paint is an excellent choice for do-it-yourself projects. Latex paints can be applied over properly prepared wood, vinyl, aluminum and stucco. Metal – Metals need to be properly primed if you’re going to apply latex based paint. Trim – Acrylic Latex paint is a fine choice  for trim. Gloss and high gloss finishes are generally your first choice, but flat or satin finishes are fine selections. Masonry -  Specialty coatings are excellent for protecting and beautifying masonry and brickwork.

Selecting a Sheen

Exterior paint comes in a full range of sheens. The finish you choose will be based on the type of surface you’re painting and the durability and final appearance you want to achieve.

Flat/Matte – This finish softens the look of an exterior and helps hide surface blemishes. Flat finishes are ideal for body siding.

Satin – With its slight gloss, this finish offers the benefits of a flat finish with added cleanability. It works best for:

  • Trim
  • Window Frames
  • Shutters
  • Surfaces that need routine cleaning

Gloss – This lustrous, durable finish is perfect for areas that require frequent cleaning. Gloss finishes, however, may accentuate surface imperfections. This finish is ideal for:

  • Doors
  • Garage doors
  • Decorative metal (lamp posts, metal trim)
  • Functional metal (gutters, downspouts, railings)
  • Accent trim

High Gloss – This extremely hard and shiny finish provides a rich, smooth luster. Gloss finishes, however, may accentuate surface imperfections. This finish is excellent for:

  • Front (main entry) doors
  • Decorative fixtures
  • Accent trim

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