For those of you who like to use the very best paints, make sure it’s the very best paint for your particular job. I’ve used Sherwin Williams Duration since it came on the market in Oregon (more than 15 years ago now), and I’ve been impressed with the results. That said, Duration should not be applied to every home.
For new homes, Duration is amazing. For homes where the preexisting paint is in good shape, Duration will work like a charm. However, if you have an older home or a home where the paint is clearly showing signs of failure BEWARE!
Here’s why: If your old paint-job is showing sings of failure and you only fix those areas, that doesn’t mean the rest of the paint on the home isn’t failing too. It’s just not visible… yet. Applying 2-3 coats of Duration, which is very thick, heavy paint, may actually cause your new paint-job to fail much sooner than if you were to apply a good, middle-of-the-road, paint, (such as Sherwin Williams SuperPaint). If you think about it, it makes sense that if a surface is already struggling to hold the weight it has, the last thing you want to do is add a ton more weight.