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Why The Highest Quality Paint Might Not Be The Best For Your Home

Why The Highest Quality Paint Might Not Be The Best For Your Home

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.

Sherwin Williams Pro Mar 200 Interior Latex Paint | Stelzer Painting
Good for new homes and re-paints when existing paint is completely sound. Not advisable to use on old homes and/or homes where existing paint is questionable. Self-priming.



Benjamin Moore Super Spec Interior Latex Paint | Stelzer PaintingA solid all-around paint which can be used on most surfaces, except raw wood, which should first be primed.


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  • Brandon Rust
    October 25, 2016, 7:58 pm REPLY

    This is absolutely true. Every home is different and provides different challenges from a coatings stand point. This is a contributing factor to why a manufacturer like Sherwin-Williams offers a wide variety of coatings for the exterior of your home. This is why it is important to determine what prep your home needs and what paint will perform to your expectations. To be informed about your homes individual needs have an experienced painter provide you a quote. This will ensure you diagnosis and avoid any potential issues and apply the correct coating when you invest in painting your home.

  • Braden Bills
    June 10, 2020, 7:11 am REPLY

    I want to make sure that my home is painted nicely. It makes sense that getting a professional to handle this for me would be a good idea. They would be able to determine what kind of paint would be best for my home. I wouldn’t want to risk using the wrong kind, after all.


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