Finding the best exterior paint isn’t always an easy proposition. That’s because while there’s a variety of high-quality paints on the market, the needs of every homeowner varies from individual to individual. People need paints in different colors, some people need it with a primer and some without, and some people need a solvent-based paint and others may need a water-based paint. There are just too many variables to consider.
Keeping that in mind, I’ve decided to go ahead and show you my list of the best exterior paint brands currently available. While they’re in a variety of different colors and styles, I think this is a good exterior paint roundup to get the average homeowner started on finding a paint for their home. All of these are good paints, and I’m started with number ten and working towards the number one paint.
10. Valspar Latex Barn & Fence Paint 5-Gallon Red
This latex paint is a good choice for not only painting barns but painting sheds or even some houses. In fact, it can be used for a variety of different exterior surfaces including aluminum siding, wood, masonry and weathered steel. It goes on nice and smoothly and dries to a durable finish. It is also weather resistant and fade-resistant, so it protects the surface it is covering. While red is a color not many people think of when they are painting the outside of their home, this paint dries to a nice tint and provides a professional looking surface that would make any homeowner proud.
9. Diamond Brite Paint Oil-Based All Purpose Enamel White
Although this all-purpose paint can be used for both interior and exterior surfaces, it really excels when used as an outdoor paint. When applied, it provides a high-quality and very durable surface that’s designed to resist peeling, scuffs, cracking and even fading. Users can roll it on, use a brush to apply it or spray it on. This makes it an ideal paint for not only using on wood but also a number of other surfaces include metal, plaster, concrete, and hardboard. It is available in a variety of different colors, from white to black and is a good paint to use on the outside of a home, for a garage or for tool sheds.
8. Sikkens Cetol 23 Plus 1 Gallon Natura
Painters, homeowners, and individuals who want an exterior stain that provides a premium translucent topcoat may want to take a look at this product. It’s ideal for placing on log homes, siding or trim, garage doors or even entrance doors. In essence, any outdoor wood surface. While it’s highly transparent, it does provide a high-quality level of UV sun protection and is not only weather resistant but also water repellent. And although some people complain about its smell and it’s price, this paint is a high-quality product that will provide the quality coverage needed.
7. Anvil 1500-Series Acrylic Interior/Exterior Concrete Stain Brick Red 1 Gallon
One of the remarkable features of this exterior stain is that it is as easy to clean up as a water-based paint but is as durable as a urethane stain. When it’s applied to a surface which is prepared properly, this stain will provide a solid color satin finish that can then be sealed with a high-quality sealer. This stain is ideal for applying to unpainted concrete, garage doors, walkways, pool decks and even sidewalks. This in-flammable stain’s color penetrates deeply into concrete and is resistant to the effects of hot tires.
6. Prestige Greens & Aquas Ultra Premium Paint and Primer
Available in one of a wide variety of different colors which go by eccentric names such as Storm’s End, Grape Leaves or Deepest Evergreen, this product is both a premium paint and a primer all in one product. It not only goes on very smoothly but has a high-hide ability and covers surfaces very well. This 100% acrylic latex paint also has a low VOC, provides a mildew-resistant coating that is not only durable and washable and is easily cleaned up with soap and water. This all makes it an ideal product for just about any exterior surface.
5. Prestige Browns & Oranges Semi-Gloss 1-Gallon
This ultra-premium semi-gloss paint also has a primer built into it so that it’s easy-to-use. It goes right on really smoothly and is a high-hide formula that can cover up minor imperfections in the surface it’s covering. This product has a low VOC and is easy to clean up with soap and water. This product also comes in a number of different colors which include colors such as Owl Face, Spiced Cinnamon, and Indian Summer. This product is ideal for a variety of exterior surfaces including the outside of houses, garages, sheds or any other place where a quality long-lasting color is needed.
4. True Value HPX9-QT Premium Acrylic House Paint 1-Quart
This house paint is designed for homeowners who need a high-quality paint that not only looks good and provides good coverage but will also stand up to the elements. This fade-resistant paint is resistant to both mold and mildew and has high-hide capabilities, which allows it to cover minor imperfections in the painted surface. This paint comes in a 1-quart can, just enough for doing touch-ups on trim or around gutters but not big enough for covering significant portions of an exterior surface. This makes it a good paint for a number of different projects.
3. KILZ Siding, Fence & Barn Paint White 1-Gallon
With a coverage of approximately 200-square feet to 500-square feet a gallon, this brand of paint is more than significant for covering a variety of exterior surfaces including siding, fencing, and barns. It covers smoothly and once applied it dries within about 3-hours and once dry provides a mildew-resistant coating. This paint also resists blistering, cracking and peeling and holds up well to the elements. It’s a good paint to be used for outside painting applications and provides a coating that’s not only durable but also looks good as well.
2. Valspar White Latex Field Marking Paint 44-655P 5 Gallons
This paint is designed specifically for use on athletic fields to mark them and can be used on not only concrete but also natural grass, clay or turf. This product can be thinned 1:1 with water or can be tinted to another color using three ounces of universal colorant per gallon. Designed to be used by professional painters, this paint can be used for a variety of industrial, institutional, commercial and residential applications. And since it comes in a big 5-gallon container, it has enough coverage to handle a variety of large jobs.
1. Rust-Oleum 3131 Mildew-Proof Paint
This paint has a number of characteristics which make it great for painting exterior surfaces. It’s a high-hiding paint that can stick to all surfaces and is self-priming. It’s designed to withstand the elements and to protect the surface painted from mildew, which makes it ideal for wet environments. It also is a water-based formula that can be easily applied with a sprayer, a roller or a brush and doesn’t have a strong odor like comparable paints do. This product is made from a trusted manufacturer of paints and is manufactured in the U.S.