Paint Quality Institute Best Performing Paint Brands

Winter Ending; Let the Painting Begin!

March 6, 2014  by Debbie Zimmer

Springtime is one of the most important seasons for exterior painting – especially after a difficult winter.  And given this year’s record snow, rain, ice and cold, it’s a good bet that before too long, a lot of us will be taking up paintbrushes and rollers to apply flat paint to our exterior walls.

Whatever winter weather your home has endured, it’s wise to inspect the exterior as soon as possible.  Spotting paint failures at an early stage may allow you to correct them without painting your entire home, and could even prevent damage to the structure below.  Should you see extensive peeling or flaking paint – or simply want to change your exterior color scheme – it’s time for a completely new paint job. 

Whatever the nature of your upcoming exterior painting project, here are some things to keep in mind.

First and foremost, you should apply only the best quality exterior paint to get a durable, long-lasting paint job.  How to find the best quality paint?  That’s where we at the Paint Quality Institute can help.  Our trained technicians are constantly evaluating paint performance and have identified a few good options that should hold up under even harsh conditions.

Based on our testing, examples of some of the best-performing national brands of flat wall paint available through leading home centers include Valspar® Duramax®Behr® Premium Plus Ultra®, and Ace Hardware’s Clark + Kensington™ paint.  Among the best-performing regional brands are California Paints® Fres~CoatFarrell-Calhoun Premium Flat, and Dunn-Edwards Evershield®.

What do these paints have in common?  All are made with 100% acrylic latex, a key ingredient in top quality paints.  All-acrylic binder helps paint adhere better while resisting cracking, flaking and fading, making for a longer-lasting, better-looking paint job.

To get the most out of 100% acrylic latex paint – or any paint, for that matter — it’s important that you carefully prepare the surface before starting to paint.  At a minimum, that means repairing or replacing any damaged siding and trim, scraping and sanding to remove any loose or flaking paint, removing any mildew that may be present, and thoroughly cleaning the surface.  

You should do your painting in moderate weather, avoiding days that are very windy or very hot, also making sure there is no serious threat of rain.  Adhering to these guidelines will help ensure that your paint dries properly to form a tough, durable film.

Finally, use quality brushes, rollers, and applicators.  They will make your project go faster and more effortlessly – and help produce a better-looking paint job.

So, at long last, bid farewell to winter.  And, if you need to do any exterior painting, say hello to one of the top-performing 100% acrylic latex exterior paints.  It will not only help beautify your home’s exterior, but also protect it for years to come!