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We recommend using Sherwin-Williams Duration Exterior Acrylic Latex. This paint provides outstanding coverage and durability. It contains anti-microbial agents that inhibit the grown of mold and mildew on the paint surface. It’s advanced stain-blocking technology helps hide old stains and allows most new ones to be wiped clean with water.
Most often, yes. First of all, white on trim and doors is a popular color choice. ‘Bright white’ is an industry standard and looks the best. However, the color of your exterior trim and doors is entirely up to you. For example, front doors are usually painted a specific color, rather than the standard white. Regardless of color choice, a semi-gloss finish is recommended because it looks gorgeous and is best for areas that are touched often and get cleaned frequently. Whether interior or exterior, we recommend using Sherwin-Williams Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel for superior performance and long-lasting durability.
A matte finish does a great job at hiding blemishes and surface imperfections, it’s easy to wash, and provides a smooth, clean beautiful finish.
Similar to trim, a satin or semi-gloss finish offers additional protection and long-lasting durability. Not only does the finish make it easy to clean, satin or semi-gloss looks great on shutters because the small amount of gloss in its appearance creates a beautiful contrast to your (not-so-glossy) siding.
Feel free to choose colors from any paint brand you would like! We often use Sherwin-Williams or Benjamin Moore paint, but with today’s color matching technology, we can get a perfect color match using the paint name or color code from practically any paint brand.
Painting over a light-colored vinyl with a darker color can cause the vinyl (siding, trim, etc) to buckle due to the exterior sun exposure. A historically safe option would be to choose the same exterior color or go lighter. Fortunately, Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore offer several Vinyl Safe colors, including a selection of darker colors that are formulated to resist warping or buckling in the sun.
The sheen is a measure of how much light reflects off a painted surface (aka, gloss or shine). Paint that has a higher sheen contains more enamel, making it harder, easier to clean, and more resistant to scratching, scuffing, and staining (great for trim, doors, cabinets). Lower sheens are easy on the eyes and can add a gorgeous visual quality to your favorite colors without being distracting (great for ceilings, walls and exterior siding).
Flat – a non-reflective appearance (no sheen at all). Helps hide surface imperfections giving a smooth uniform surface.
Matte – nearly shine-free. This flat finish provides excellent hide and depth of color, while it’s angular shine helps make walls smooth and washable.
Satin – has a slight gloss that offers the benefits of stain resistance and durability. Ideal for areas that crave definition, such as highlighting windows, shutters, trim and even interior doors.
Semi-Gloss – a lustrous, durable finish perfectly suited to highlight architectural details and create dimension on trim, cabinets and doors. Durable and washable – perfect for areas that get touched or cleaned frequently.