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CHICAGO--Valspar has created three new products to add the character of a distressed surface to a finish.

Valspar’s Chalky Finish paint, Sealing Wax and Antiquing Wax can be used together or separately to produce a vintage look on wood or metal furniture. The brush-applied products are designed to dry quickly.

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Valspar's Chalky Finish paint, Sealing Wax and Antiquing Wax are designed to create vintage finishes.

The low-VOC products also are low odor and are designed for soap-and-water cleanup.

The Chalky Finish Paint is a thick, ultra-matte paint that was developed for do-it-yourself consumers. It comes in 40 colors, adheres to most surfaces without a primer, and is intended to show fewer brush strokes.

Once applied, the Chalky Finish paint can distress naturally on a project’s surface or be enhanced with the Sealing Wax and Antiquing Wax.

The Sealing Wax protects the chalky paint from chips and natural distress, while the Antiquing Wax highlights substrate details such as wood imperfections or carved details in metal. The waxes dry to a hard finish with no additional re-waxing required.

More information: valsparpaint.com/chalkyfinishpaint.

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Valspar Color Guarantee

  • Valspar has a program set up to give money back on a purchase of paint if they don’t like the color (no impact on retailer) – no other paint program offers this
    • Valspar will reimburse for up to 2 gallons of first color purchased
    • Only interior and gallon paints eligible (and doesn’t cover labor)
    • Can only be taken advantage of once a year per household
    • Customer should not return paint to the store, first color is theirs to keep
    • 60 days from date of purchase to decide (make sure to keep receipt)
    • Return to ACE and purchase another Valspar color
    • Keep receipts to submit for reimbursement
    • Take photo of original and new colors side by side on the wall
    • Complete online rebate form at valsparpaint.com/en/guarantee
      • can be submitted by mail or online
      • must be received within 60 days of replacement purchase
      • must submit both purchase receipts and photo
      • refund check of original purchase amount will arrive in the mail within 60 days of submission
      • all is processed through and by Valspar, this it NOT an ACE program

Check out the great selection of paint colors availableHERE! And see just how that color will look by trying it on by scene or with your very own uploaded photo with The Paint Studio Visualizer!

Not sure of just how much paint you’ll need?  UseThe Paint Studio Calculator!

Samples

  • Customers can try out a small amount of the actual color (or a variety)
  • Provides a $5 coupon to use on their purchase of the final color (encourages them to try a sample, but also to return to purchase their paint to receive a discount)
  • Can explain this another way – sample is basically free when they come back and buy their paint since they get $5 off on paint purchase upon return

Choosing Product: (start with best paint)\

  • All are paint and primer in one
  • Titanium dioxide – more expensive, bright white, better quality/coverage
  • New colorants are lower odor, helps with blocking, better color (bolder/brighter), better hide
  • Dark and very bright colors often need a bit more work to cover as they are mixed in neutral bases that are a bit more transparent (allowing for more colorant to be added)

Valspar Optimus

  • EXTERIOR ONLY
  • best quality
  • anti-fade – even in direct sunlight
  • easiest to apply (formulated for easier application) – feels less thick when using it
  • best for rolling
  • best flow level
  • best durability and scrubability
  • best coverage
  • best stain resistance
  • self-leveling formula
  • most crisp/sharp colors
  • zero VOC/low odor
  • almost 2X as thick as Royal line (2mL coverage/paint film when dry)

Valspar Aspire

 

  • INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR
  • long lasting color
  • nice finish
  • excellent coverage (more hide than with C&K)
  • zero VOC/lower odor
  • gaps between resins are smaller than with C&K – so better coverage

 

Valspar Color Changing Ceiling Paint


Features

Valspar Interior Latex Color Changing Ceiling Paint makes painting ceilings easy. Never miss an area again! This ceiling paint applies as a light purple color to easily indicate painted areas, yet dries to a white, non-glare finish. The matte flat sheen minimizes surface imperfections and gives a smooth, even finish to all ceiling surfaces including acoustical tiles!

Where To Use

Properly prepared durable texture or plain interior ceiling surfaces including previously painted and properly primed plaster, wallboard, sheetrock and acoustical tile. See surface preparation for “blown-on” soft-fibered ceiling surfaces.

Coverage

One gallon of paint covers up to 400 sq. ft. depending upon surface porosity. Coverage will be significantly less on rough, textured surfaces or acoustical tile.

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Australia

New South Wales

De Beer Australasia
Warehouse
Meadows Industrial Estate, Unit 18 - 20
Building 7E, Lucca Road
North Wyong, New South Wales 2259
Phone: +61 2 4351 0420

De Beer Australasia
Sales
Units 9 - 11, 8 Kerta Road
Kincumber, New South Wales 2251
Phone: +61 2 4368 4054

Guardsman Australia Pty., Ltd
Headquarters
Level 4, 2 Burbank Place
Norwest Business Park
Baulkham Hills, New South Wales 2153
Phone: 61 2 8814 6500

The Valspar Corporation Pty., Ltd.
Manufacturing
203 Power Street
Glendenning, New South Wales 2761
Phone: +61 2 9839 1111

The Wattyl Group
Headquarters
Level 4, 2 Burbank Place, Norwest Business Park
PO Box 5001
Baulkham Hills, New South Wales 2153
Phone: +61 2 8814 6500

Valspar Composites
Manufacturing
203 Power Street
Glendenning, New South Wales 2761
Phone: 61 2 9839 1111

South Australia

Wattyl
Office and Manufacturing
560 Churchill Road
Kilburn, South Australia 5084
Phone: +08 8368 1200

Victoria

The Valspar Corporation Pty., Ltd.
Sales Office & Warehouse
13 Webber Parade
Keilor East, Victoria 3033
Phone: +61 3 9331 5355

Wattyl
Office and Manufacturing
2-44 Graingers Road
West Footscray, Victoria 3012
Phone: +03 9688 1111

Brazil

Valspar Corporation Ltda.
Manufacturing
Estrada dos Casa, 5050 - Portco B
09840-900 Sco Bernardo do Campo
Sao Bernardo do Campo
Phone: +55 11 4136 4651

Valspar Isocoat
Manufacturing
Comendador Giuseppe Marchiori Street, n° 2189
Honda Neighborhood
Araçariguama - São Paulo 18147-000
Phone: +55 11 4136 4651

Canada

Ontario

Valspar Industries, Inc.
Manufacturing
1915 Second Street West
Cornwall, Ontario K6H 5R6
Phone: +1 613-932-8960

Valspar Plasti-Kote
Manufacturing
1636 Shawson Dr
Mississauga, Ontario L4W 1N7
Phone: +1 905-671-8333

Denmark

The Valspar (UK) Corporation Ltd
Meterbuen 5
DK 2740 Skovlunde
Phone: 45 44530573

Finland

Valspar Corporation Oy.
Manufacturing
Malmarintie 20
01380 Vantaa
Phone: +358 207 501 777

France

Inver France S.A.S.
Manufacturing
2 Rue Jean Devaux
Boîte Postale 88
Thouars 79102
Phone: +33 5 49 96 025 00

The Valspar Corporation S.A.S.
Manufacturing
25 Boulevard du Marechal A-Juin
Boite Postale 82219
F-44022 Nantes Cedex 01
Phone: +33 2 40959898

The Valspar Corporation, S.A.S.
Manufacturing
Boite Postale 51
14 Rue Chanay
CS 70 001
71700 Tournus
Phone: +33 3 85271800

Germany

Invercolor Deutschland
Office & Sales
Oskar-von-Miller-Str 3A
84051 Essenbach-Altheim
Phone: +49 (8703) 906583

Valspar Industries GmbH
Manufacturing & Mirror
Friedensstrasse 40
D-52249 Eschweiler
Phone: +49 (0)2403 709 0

Greece

Inver Romania
Sales
Via Sorou 22
15125 Maroussi Atene
Phone: +30 210 6109930-4

Hong Kong

Kowloon

Valspar Corporation Ltd.
Sales Office
Flat D, 27/F, Kings Tower
No. 111 King Lam Street
Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon
Phone: +852 3187 1600

India

Delhi

Valspar (India) Coatings Corporation Private Limited
Sales Office
15A, DLF Industrial Area , Motinagar, Shivaji Marg
New Delhi, Delhi 110015
Phone: +91 011 25453141

Gujarat

Valspar (India) Coatings Corporation Private Limited
Sales Office - Ahmedabad
Godown #2 , Sarvodaya Estate
Near Anand Hotel , Isanpur Narol Highway, Isanpur
Ahmedabad, Gujarat 382443
Phone: + 91 079 25736122

Karnataka

Valspar (India) Coatings Corporation Private Limited
Manufacturing Facility
66B, Bommasandra Industrial Area
Hosur Road Anekal Taluk
Bangalore, Karnataka 560099
Phone: +91 080 39112800

Maharashtra

Valspar (India) Coatings Corporation Private Limited
Sales Office - Mumbai
11A, Khokhani Industrial Estate (Opp Neminath Ind Estate)
Shankar mandir Road, Sativali Village
Vasai East District
Thane, Maharashtra 401202
Phone: +91 0 92 7223 3719

Indonesia

PT Valspar Indonesia
Sales Office
Perkantoran Pulo Mas I
Gedung 3 Lantai 3 Ruang 309
JL. Ahmad yani 2
Jakarta Timur 13210
Phone: +62 2147869370

Ireland

Lilly Industries (Ireland) Limited
Manufacturing
Willowfield Road
Ballinamore
County Leitrim
Phone: 353 7196 45077

Italy

Inver S.p.A.
Manufacturing
10/A Via Marconi
Minerbio BO 40061
Phone: +39 051 660 6811

Inver S.p.A.
Headquarters
Via di Corticella, 205
Bologna 40128
Phone: +39 051 638 0411

Japan

Valspar Rock Co., Ltd.
Administration
5F Rock Paint Building
37-2 2-chome Minamisuna
Koto-ku
Tokyo 136-0076
Phone: +81 3 3648 8811

Korea

Valspar Corporation Pte., Ltd.
Sales
4, Hyoryeong-ro 34-gil
Seocho-gu
Seoul 06704
Phone: +82 2 582 5810

Malaysia

Selangor

The Valspar (Malaysia) Corporation Sdn Bhd
Manufacturing
Lot 756, Jalan Haji Sirat
Off Jalan Kapar
42100 Klang, Selangor
Phone: +60 3 3290 2331

Mexico

Valspar Aries Coatings, S. de R.L. de C.V.
Manufacturing
Carretera Monterrey - Nuevo Laredo K.M. 37.1
Nuevo León
Ciénega de Flores, N.L. 65550
Phone: +52 81-81-24-20-00

New Zealand

Valspar Paint Ltd.
Headquarters/Manufacturing
2-14 Patiki Road, Avondale 1026
Phone: +64 9 820 6700

Norway

The Valspar Corporation Ltd
Sales Office
P.O. Box 23
N-3051 Mjondalen
Phone: +47 32 270440

P.R. China

Guangdong

Dongguan Lilly Paint Industries Ltd.
Manufacturing
XinTang District
Da Ling Shan Town
DongGuan, Guangdong 523822
Phone: +86 769 83353187

Foshan Shunde Jiexin Paints Co., Ltd.
Manufacturing
No 7 Shunpan Wusha Road
Dailing Town
Shunde Foshan, Guangdong 528333
Phone: (+86757) 28389758

Guangdong Huarun Paints Co., Ltd
Manufacturing
No 3 Huasheng Road Xinghua Industry City
Ronggui town
Shunde Foshan, Guangdong 528306
Phone: +86 757 29990688

Guangdong Huarun Paints Co., Ltd.
Research and Development
Shunde High-Tech Industry Development Zone
Guangdong Province
Foshan City, Guangdong 528306
Phone: +86 757 2999-2615

Huarun-Mader Co., Ltd. Dajinchuan Industrial Paint Co., Ltd.
Manufacturing
No 2 Baoye Road Gaoli Ronggui
Shunde Foshan, Guangdong 528305
Phone: +86 757 2837-7910

Shanghai

Valspar Management Co., Ltd.
Manufacturing
No. 838 Jia Xin Road
Jia Ding District, Shanghai 201818
Phone: +86 21 5990 1345

Valspar Management Co., Ltd.
Headquarters
No. 5 Bld., Shibei Industry Park
No. 168 Jiang Chang San Road
Zha Bei District, Shanghai 200436
Phone: +86 21 6056-0999

Tianjin

Valspar Coatings Co., Ltd.
Manufacturing
West No 12 Yuanxinguang Road
Tianjin Carpet Industrial Park
Wuqing, Tianjin 301702
Phone: +86 139 20549935

Poland

Inver Polska SP.Z.O.O.
Manufacturing
UL. Metalowców 49
Debica 39-200
Phone: +48 (0)14 680 9020

Romania

Valspar LLC
Sales
Str. Zizin Nr 10 A Etaj 6 Ap 24, Bldg. Sector 3
031263 Bucharest
Phone: +44 372 933 944

Russia

Valspar LLC
Sales
ul. Stromynka - d. 4
korp. 1 Office 503
Moscow
RU-107014
Phone: +7 495 6268970

Singapore

The Valspar (Singapore) Corp. Pte Ltd
Manufacturing
6 Tuas Avenue 8
Phone: +65 8620 261

South Africa

Valspar Corporation Pty., Ltd.
Manufacturing
255 Lansdowne Road
Jacobs 4052
Durban, South Africa
Postal Addreess: PO Box 13052 Jacobs 4026
Kwazulu Natal
Phone: +27 31 459 8400

Spain

Valspar Corporation S.R.L.
Tecnopark del Vallès IV - Edifici C
Ronda Can Fatjó, 9
Planta Baixa B i C
08290 Cerdanyola del Vallès
Barcelona
Phone: +34 93 589 5544

Switzerland

Valspar Corporation AG
Headquarters
Rosengartenstrasse 25
8608 Bubikon
CH-SWITZERLAND
Phone: +41 55 253 15 15

Valspar Corporation AG
Manufacturing
Industriestrasse 9
CH-8627 Grueningen
Phone: +41 449367777

Taiwan

Taiwan Valspar Ltd.
Sales
Zhongxiao E Rd
7f.-1 No. 270 Sec. 4
Da'an District
Taipei City 106
Phone: +886 288345788

Thailand

Taiwan Valspar Ltd.
Sales
Zhongxiao E Rd
7f.-1 No. 270 Sec. 4
Da'an District
Taipei City 106
Phone: +886 288345788

Valspar Corporation Ltd.
Manufacturing
35/306 Moo2, Ekachai Road
Tambol Bangnamjeud, Amphur Muang
Samut Sakhon 74000
Phone: +66 34 495200

The Netherlands

De Beer Lakfabrieken B.V.
Manufacturing
Zuiveringweg 89
PE-8243 Lelystad
Phone: +31 320 2922000

Dyflex B.V.
Manufacturing
Nijverheidsweg 35
3341LJ Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht
Phone: +31 78 6833250 x252

United Arab Emirates

Dubai

Valspar Corporation
Sales Office
The Galleries 8th Floor
Downtown Jebel Ali, Dubai
Phone: +971 502 872513

United Kingdom

Bedfordshire

Valspar Corporation Ltd.
Manufacturing
Quest Automotive Products UK Ltd
Unit H, Normandy Lane, Stratton Business Park
Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 8QB
Phone: +44 (0) 1767 314320

Berkshire

Valspar
675 Eskdale Road
Winnersh, Berkshire RG41 5TS
Phone: +44 118 9215707

Valspar Consumer Europe
Sales Office
675 Eskdale Road
Winnersh, Berkshire RG41 5TS
Phone: +44 118 921 5707

Flintshire

Valspar Corporation Ltd.
Manufacturing
Parkway
Deeside Industrial Park
Deeside, Flintshire CH5 2NN
Phone: +44 124 428 8901

Merseyside

Inver UK Ltd.
Manufacturing
Goodlass Road
Liverpool, Merseyside L24 9HJ
Phone: +44 151 486 0486

Oxon

The Valspar Corporation Ltd.
Sales/Research and Development
Avenue One Station Lane
Witney, Oxon OX28 4XR
Phone: +44 199 370 7400

Valspar Industries Ltd.
Sales
152 Brook Drive
Milton Park, Abingdon
Oxfordshire, Oxon OX14 4SD
Phone: +44 012 354 4470

South Yorkshire

Anglo Dutch Paint & Chemical Company Ltd.
Sales/Warehouse
11 Delta Court
Sky Business Park
Robin Hood Airport
Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN9 3GN
Phone: +44 130 234 1788

Stockport

Valspar Corporation Ltd.
Sales Office
Unit 20 - Telford Court
Chestergates Business Park
Chestergate, Stockport CH1 6LT
Phone: +44 124 483 7151

West Midlands

Valspar Powder Coatings Ltd.
Manufacturing
177 Argyle Street Nechells
Birmingham, West Midlands B7 5TE
Phone: +44-121-328-5227

United States

Alabama

Valspar Coatings
Manufacturing
90 Carson Road
Birmingham, Alabama 35215-2957
Phone: +1 205-854-5454

California

EPS / Coil
Manufacturing
5501 E. Slauson Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90040-2920
Phone: +1 323-726-7272

Valspar Coatings
Manufacturing
8201 Power Ridge Road
Sacramento, California 95826-4723
Phone: +1 916-388-5800

Georgia

Valspar Powder Coatings
13129 Harland Drive
Covington, Georgia 30014
Phone: +1 770-784-4140

Illinois

EPS
Manufacturing
1400 N. State St.
Marengo, Illinois 60152-2206
Phone: +1 815-568-3020

Valspar
Manufacturing
901 N. Greenwood Ave.
Kankakee, Illinois 60901-2140
Phone: +1 815-933-5561

Valspar
Manufacturing
300 Gilman Avenue
Wheeling, Illinois 60090-5808

Valspar
Architectural Headquarters
8725 West Higgins Road
Suite 1000
Chicago, Illinois 60631
Phone: +1 773-628-5500

Valspar
Manufacturing
21901 Central Avenue
Matteson, Illinois 60443-2801
Phone: +1 708-720-0600

Valspar Coatings
Manufacturing
5400 Avenue of the Cities
Moline, Illinois 61265-5040
Phone: +1 309-762-7546

Valspar Coatings
Manufacturing
1215 Nelson Blvd.
Rockford, Illinois 61104-4773
Phone: +1 815-987-3700

Kentucky

Valspar
347 Central Ave
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101-7512
Phone: +1 270-843-4831

Valspar Coatings
Manufacturing
1630 W. Hill Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40210-1750
Phone: +1 502-772-0080

Maryland

Valspar
Manufacturing
16414 Industrial Lane
Williamsport, Maryland 21795-3126
Phone: +1 301-393-3560

Michigan

Customer Service Center
4999 36th Street
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512-2500
Phone: +1 800-253-3957

Valspar Automotive
Manufacturing
4205 Martin Road
Walled Lake, Michigan 48390
Phone: +1 248-360-5695

Minnesota

Valspar
Global Headquarters and Applied Science and Technology Center
1101 South Third Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1211
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1461
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55440-1211
Phone: +1 612-851-7000

Valspar
Contractor Paint Store
284 E. Lafayette
St. Paul, Minnesota 55107-1217
Phone: +1 651-222-8436

Valspar
Shared Service Center
901 3rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
Phone: +1 612-851-7000

Valspar
Application Lab
1028 South Third Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415-1210
Phone: +1 612-375-7933

Valspar
Materials and Engineering
312 South 11th Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415-1945
Phone: +1 612-375-7933

New Hampshire

Valspar Paint
Customer Service Center
One Stiles Road
Salem, New Hampshire 03079
Phone: +1 800-845-9061

North Carolina

Valspar
Research Lab
2137 Brevard Road
High Point, North Carolina 27261-1703
Phone: +1 336-889-2157

Valspar
Manufacturing
5000 Womack Road
Sanford, North Carolina 27330
Phone: +1 919-777-2004

Valspar
Sales
721 Jetton St. Suite 200
Davidson, North Carolina 28036-9322
Phone: +1 704-897-5700

Valspar Coatings
Manufacturing
10300 Claude Freeman Dr.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28262-2339
Phone: +1 704-548-2820

Valspar Coatings
Manufacturing
1717 English Road
High Point, North Carolina 27262-7205
Phone: +1 336-889-2157

Valspar Coatings
Manufacturing
188 Side Track Drive
Statesville, North Carolina 28625-2543
Phone: +1 704-881-0704

Ohio

Plasti-Kote Company, Inc.
Manufacturing
1000 Lake Road
Medina, Ohio 44256-2450
Phone: +1 330-725-4511

Valspar Automotive
Manufacturing
600 Nova Drive SE
Massillon, Ohio 44646
Phone: +1 330-830-6000

Pennsylvania

Valspar
Manufacturing, Research and Development
2001 Tracy Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15233-1019
Phone: +1 412-766-9300

Valspar
Manufacturing
3050 Hanford Drive
Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17046-2673
Phone: +1 717-306-5900

Valspar Coatings
Manufacturing
372 Cleveland Street
Rochester, Pennsylvania 15074-1624
Phone: +1 724-774-8550

Valspar Packaging
Headquarters
Waterfront Corporate Park - Building III
2000 Georgetowne Drive
Sewickley, Pennsylvania 15143
Phone: +1 724-940-3800

Texas

Valspar Coatings
Manufacturing
701 Shiloh Road
Garland, Texas 75042-8293
Phone: +1 972-276-5181

Wisconsin

Valspar
Manufacturing
N92 W14701 Anthony Avenue
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin 53051
Phone: +1 262-255-9500

Vietnam

Valspar
Manufacturing
104/2-4; Amata, IP
Bien Hoa Town
Đồng Nai 68700
Phone: +84 6 1-992186

Sours: http://www.coatings.com/about/contact.jsp
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Valspar Paint & Cabot Stain

Always rated very high by Consumer Reports

 

 

 

The Hardware Store carries a full line of Top quality Paints and Stains. Valspar and Cabot are well known and have proven to deliver proven results

 

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Helpful information about choosing your paint and stain… from Consumer Reports

 

Getting started

Many aspects of paint performance depend more on the quality of the base than on the color. The tint base largely determines the paint's toughness and resistance to dirt and stains, while the colorant contributes to hiding and how much the paint will fade. Here's how to pick the right one for the job:

 

 

Interior paint

We've found that economy grades--typically dubbed contractor-grade--haven't performed well. If a top-line paint can cover the darkest colors in two coats, lower-quality paints might need three or four. The best now cover old paint well with just one coat. Most even claim to eliminate the initial, primer coat.

Don't buy strictly by brand. Manufacturers tend to reformulate paints frequently to improve performance and comply with tougher regulations. That means the paint you loved last time may not do as well this time around.

Think about color. Use the store's color-sampling products and retailer and manufacturer computer programs. Most stores sell sample jars so you can test a paint before buying a large quantity. Manufacturers also offer large color chips, which are easier to use than the conventional small swatches.

Try out samples on different walls and look at them at various times of the day and in different light. Fluorescent light enhances blues and greens, but it makes warm reds, oranges, and yellows appear dull. Incandescent light works well with warm colors, but it might not do much for cool ones. Even natural sunlight changes from day to day, room to room, and morning to evening. Color intensifies over large areas, so it's better to go too light than too dark in a given shade.

Breathe easier. Manufacturers have reduced the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)--some of the noxious chemicals that can make paint smell like paint--in their products, in response to stricter federal standards. VOCs can cause headaches and dizziness and are linked to pollution, smog, and respiratory problems. Earlier low-VOC paints lacked the durability of higher-VOC finishes, but now all of the paints in our tests are claimed to have low or no-VOCs, and many performed very well.

Exterior paints and stains

To find out which finishes are likely to last longest on your home, we painted pine test panels and placed them on the roof of our Yonkers, New York, headquarters. We faced the boards south at 25 degrees from horizontal to intensify the effects of sun and weather. One year of such severe testing is equivalent to about three years of normal weathering on a typical home. Most exterior paints held up well for the equivalent of at least three years, and the best still looked fine after what amounted to nine years under the elements.

As with interior paints, manufacturers typically reformulate exterior paints often, partly to meet tougher federal standards limiting VOCs. Reducing VOCs in exterior paint without compromising performance had been a challenge, but now many low-VOC exterior paints top our Ratings. Whether you paint or stain, here are some tips for getting the best-looking, most durable finish possible:

Skip the cheapest paints. As with interior paints, we've found that economy grades of paints don't weather as well as top-of-the-line products from the same brand. Pinching pennies now may mean spending more down the road, since you'll need to refinish more often.

Choose the right gloss level. Flat and satin finishes are best for siding because they hide flaws by reducing reflections. Semi-gloss paints add some shine to doors and trim, providing visual contrast.

Insist on top finishes. Hiring a pro? Be sure the contract specifies the brand, line, and number of coats; for paint, we generally recommend two top coats plus a prime coat over bare surfaces if paint is not self-priming.

Look for deals. Holiday weekends, including Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, are popular times for paint promos.

Don't scrimp on the prep work. Good preparation is critical to a good, long-lasting exterior finish, whether you're paying a pro or are doing it yourself. That means scraping, sanding, and cleaning the siding thoroughly. And while the best paints cover in one coat--and many claim to eliminate the need to prime the surface--we recommend two coats for long life and optimal coverage. Other materials may require different procedures. Stucco and masonry, for example, may need sealing beforehand. If you sand or scrape paint on a house built before 1978, be warned: Older coats of paint may contain lead, so you'll need to take extra precautions. Indeed, federal law now requires that painters you hire be certified by the Environmental Protection Agency and be trained in lead-safe work practices.

 

 

 

Types

We generally test premium lines from major brands, which tend to perform best over time. But we've found that some of the best-performing paints and stains still cost less than lower-scoring lines. Here are the types of paints and stains to consider.

 

Interior paint

The gloss level affects perception of color. Flat paints (and textured walls) absorb light, so colors seem darker. Glossy paints and smooth surfaces reflect, so colors look brighter. The degree of glossiness may differ from one manufacturer to another.

One note about our Ratings: Because a brand's flat, eggshell, and semi-gloss formulations perform similarly overall, we've combined the scores into one to simplify the selection process.

Eggshell and satin
Use them only on smooth, well-prepared surfaces since their shine can accentuate imperfections on the wall. These paints are best for family rooms, kids' rooms, hallways, and the like. Some might change sheen when scrubbed.

Flat
Flat finishes hide imperfections well but are the least stain-resistant, so they're better for low-traffic areas.

Semi-gloss
Shinier still, these paints are formulated to stand up to stains. They're generally the easiest to clean, but some may tend to dull when scrubbed. They're ideal for kitchen and bathroom walls, windowsills, and other woodwork. Like eggshell and satin paints, semi-gloss paints require a smooth, well-prepared surface with few imperfections.

 

Exterior paint 

Like interior paints, exterior paints come in a variety of sheens, but we've combined s scores of the various exterior-paint sheens (as with interior paints) into one to simplify the selection process. Here are the types to consider.

Eggshell and satin
Like flat finishes, eggshell and satin work well on siding and have a slight gloss.

Flat
This dullest of finishes is the best choice if you need to mask imperfections. Flat finishes look best on siding.

Semi-gloss and gloss
These are most often used for trim because they highlight the details of the woodwork and are easy to clean.

 

Features

Hiding ability | Surface smoothness | Stain resistance | Scrubbing resistance | Change in gloss | Resistance to sticking | Mildew resistance inside | Fade resistance inside | Exterior resistance to dirt | Exterior resistance to color change | Exterior resistance to mildew | Exterior resistance to cracking 

The features most important to you depends largely on the job at hand. Most of the time and expense of painting your house goes into the prep work, so get a coating that can last longer even if it costs a few dollars more per gallon. Here are the features to consider:

 

Hiding ability
If you're changing interior walls or house siding from dark to light, you'll need a paint that's good at hiding. Many new paints can cover a contrasting color with a single coat. But for best coverage we still recommend using two coats, even with a top-scoring paint. 

Surface smoothness
Interior paint should dry smooth, without showing brush or roller marks or leave a grainy surface.

Stain resistance
Satin and semi-gloss stains generally are better than flat paints at resisting stains, but there are exceptions.

Scrubbing resistance
This is very desirable for paints in rooms with lots of activity--kids' rooms, kitchens, family rooms--that may need frequent and rigorous cleaning.

Change in gloss
Some paints dull, become shinier, or change color when cleaned aggressively. Semi-gloss paints are the most likely to change, so consider that when using semi-gloss on surfaces such as handrails and doors that will need frequent cleaning.

Resistance to sticking
Some interior paints never seem to dry completely. They can make a window difficult to open, or cause books to stick to a shelf.

Mildew resistance inside
This is especially important in a kitchen, bath, or damp basement.

Fade resistance inside
Fading has long been a problem in sun-drenched rooms, resulting in walls that become lighter over time as they're exposed to sunlight. In general, whites and browns tend not to fade; reds and blues fade somewhat; and bright greens and yellows tend to fade a lot.

Exterior resistance to dirt
Accumulation of dirt is a particular challenge for exterior paint in urban areas. Dark exterior paints hide dirt best. Removing accumulated dirt requires scrubbing or pressure washing.

Exterior resistance to color change
Especially in sunny climates, exterior paints tend to fade, change color, or develop a chalky film. Blues and yellows are the most likely to suffer; refinishing is the only remedy.

Exterior resistance to mildew
Staining and spotting from mildew are common in damp regions from rainy Seattle to steamy Tampa, on northern exposures, and on any house that gets more shade than sun. Removal requires washing with a solution of water and bleach.

Exterior resistance to cracking
This is the most important attribute for exterior paints because if the coating cracks, it exposes the underlying siding or trim to the elements. Typically paints (and solid stains) are best for this application. If you see even tiny cracks on your decking or siding, we recommend refinishing before they worsen and cause more damage.

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