Exterior house paint advice sought

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Old 06-30-11, 01:48 PM
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Exterior house paint advice sought

Our house has concrete siding on the sun-beaten side, cedar (painted) on the remaining three. Are there special considerations for painting these surfaces and getting the end result to match? What do you recommend we do in preparing the surfaces? What brand of paint is hardiest for extreme sun and cold?
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You should be able to use the same paint on all sides of the house. The paint might appear a little different because the concrete siding is fairly smooth while the cedar might be rough or at least have a somewhat open grain.

The main thing prep wise is to make sure the existing paint is clean and free of chalk [the powder that wipes off of the siding on to your fingers] Any loose paint should be scraped and/or wire brushed off, any raw wood should have a coat of an exterior oil base primer. If the it isn't feasible to remove all the chalk - add Flood's Emulsa Bond to your first coat of latex paint.

Most any brand's top line exterior latex house paint should preform well. You'll find the best coatings [advice too] at your local paint store - not a paint dept.
 
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Yep, paint pretty much covers what's underneath except the texture so you should be fine
 
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Regarding paint brands: When my house was built 11 years ago I specified concrete siding (Hardiplank) with Duration (Sherwin-Williams Duration) paint on it. It still looks new. My neighbor, whose house was built at the same time, has had his house repainted twice.
 
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Yep, as Mark said, where you buy your paint can make a big difference in the results.

I know he also prefers SWP, I'm a Benjamin Moore man myself but I've never heard of anyone buying a mid-grade or better paint from either and being dissatisfied.
 
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Old 07-07-11, 11:30 AM
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Quality coatings always make a difference

I don't really prefer SWP over other brands but as a contractor, I've used more SWP than any other brand. The main reason for this is the SWP stores are opened longer hours and have more stores in the areas I worked than any other brand does. The SWP stores open earlier and close later making it easier for me to get my supplies. Had the reverse been true - I would have used more and would know more about BM coatings.

Most paint manufactures have both cheap and quality coatings. The name on the label doesn't mean much - it's the quality that is in the bucket that counts. SWP's Duration is expected to last 10 yrs or so but SWP's Weather Perfect [their cheapest exterior paint] might only last a few yrs.
 
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