10 Best Exterior Paint Consumer Reports 2019

Exterior paints have improved dramatically in recent years. As a group, they’re more durable and less prone to cracking and fading. But there are still real differences among the 15 points in Consumer Reports’ latest exterior paint ratings. Our tests are tough, as you can tell by looking at the spread within the Overall Score. It ranges from 30 to 75 out of a possible 100.

To determine which paints are likely to last the longest on your home, CR’s test engineers paint pine panels and place them on the roof of our headquarters in Yonkers, N.Y. We set the boards to face south and tilt them to intensify the effects of sun and weather. A year of CR’s severe testing is equivalent to about three years in consumer years. And after three years of testing, the results give us a sense of how paints will look after nine years on your home.

Top 10 Exterior Paint

Bestseller No. 1
Montage Signature Interior/Exterior Eco-Friendly Paint, Twilight - Low Sheen, 5 Gallon
102 Reviews
Montage Signature Interior/Exterior Eco-Friendly Paint, Twilight - Low Sheen, 5 Gallon
  • ✅EXTREMELY VERSATILE - Montage Signature is the #1 choice for all of your professional painting needs -...
  • ✅SUPERIOR COVERAGE & PROTECTION - All of our specialty finishes let you brush smoothly & evenly while...
Bestseller No. 2
RUST-OLEUM 03101 Exterior Mildew Performance Paint, White
2 Reviews
RUST-OLEUM 03101 Exterior Mildew Performance Paint, White
  • The product is GAL Mildew Proof Paint
  • Easy and simple use kit
Bestseller No. 3
Modern Masters 275268 Satin Front Door Paint, 1 quart, Passionate
264 Reviews
Modern Masters 275268 Satin Front Door Paint, 1 quart, Passionate
  • There are 24 different colors to pick from in the Front Door Paints collection
  • Never-Fade technology ensures that your door will be as vibrant as the first day it was painted
Bestseller No. 4
KILZ Exterior Siding, Fence, and Barn Paint, White, 1-gallon
96 Reviews
KILZ Exterior Siding, Fence, and Barn Paint, White, 1-gallon
  • A good exterior paint offers coverage and protection against the elements, while adding beauty to outdoor...
  • This paint features a unique water/oil base formula for exceptional adhesion, versatility, and longevity in...
Bestseller No. 5
Rust-Oleum 1979502 Painters Touch Latex,  1-Quart, Gloss Black
186 Reviews
Rust-Oleum 1979502 Painters Touch Latex, 1-Quart, Gloss Black
  • Use for a variety of indoor and outdoor project surfaces including wood, metal, plaster, masonry or unglazed...
  • Water-based acrylic formula is low odor, resist chips and provides long-lasting protection
Bestseller No. 6
KILZ General Purpose Exterior Latex Primer/Sealer, White, 1 gallon
25 Reviews
KILZ General Purpose Exterior Latex Primer/Sealer, White, 1 gallon
  • This fast-drying latex primer and sealer is specifically formulated for outdoor use to minimize problems...
  • KILZ General Purpose Primer seals porous surfaces and offers excellent adhesion for most exterior surfaces.
Bestseller No. 7
KILZ Interior/Exterior Enamel Porch & Patio Latex Floor Paint, Low-Lustre, Slate Gray, 1 gallon
59 Reviews
KILZ Interior/Exterior Enamel Porch & Patio Latex Floor Paint, Low-Lustre, Slate Gray, 1 gallon
  • A good porch and patio floor paint is highly durable, easy to clean and resistant to scuffing, fading,...
  • This acrylic paint offers a low-lustre enamel surface that is formulated to endure on deck, porch, and patio...
Bestseller No. 8
Wagner Flexio 890 Interior/ Exterior Hand Paint Sprayer (Certified Refurbished)
28 Reviews
Wagner Flexio 890 Interior/ Exterior Hand Paint Sprayer (Certified Refurbished)
  • Hand held sprayer for indoor and outdoor painting
  • Integrated storage and variable speed
Bestseller No. 9
KILZ L377711 1-Part Epoxy Acrylic Interior/Exterior Concrete and Garage Floor Paint, Satin, Slate...
102 Reviews
KILZ L377711 1-Part Epoxy Acrylic Interior/Exterior Concrete and Garage Floor Paint, Satin, Slate...
  • A good concrete floor paint is highly durable, easy to clean and won't scuff, fade, crack or blister easily,...
  • This single component, water-based floor paint is formulated to last in hard to clean areas like basements and...
Bestseller No. 10
Pro-Grade Home Wall/Trim House Paint Brush Set Great for Professional Painter and Home Owners...
169 Reviews
Pro-Grade Home Wall/Trim House Paint Brush Set Great for Professional Painter and Home Owners...
  • Set includes 1 each of 1 inch Flat, 1-1/2 inch Angle, 2 inch Stubby Angle, 2 inch Flat and 2-1/2 inch Angle...
  • The Angle sash paintbrush is perfect for cutting in walls and Flat Sash Paint Brushes are perfect for trim....

Choose Your Sheen and Color

Choosing a color is where some folks start. Color-matching systems have improved to the point where you can get close to the color you crave in just about any brand. The sheen can vary by brand, however, and that can affect your perception of color. So decide which sheen is needed for the job (you’ll see the pros and cons spelled out below), the color you love, and then the best paint for your budget. (Despite all the colors available, whites and off-whites remain the top-selling interior colors. With dozens to choose from, zeroing in on just the right white can be tricky.)

Look at the biggest paint chips the store offers. A store’s lighting affects your take, so step outside to get another look in natural light. Once home, place the chips on the wall, next to the trim, and look at them at different times throughout the day as the natural light changes. Do this over the course of several days, omitting colors that aren’t working. Keep in mind that indoors, color tends to intensify over large areas, so it’s generally better to go too light than too dark in a given shade.

Once you’ve narrowed your choices, buy small cans for testing. Paint sample colors on large sheets of heavy paper so that you can move them from place to place without having to paint the walls. Live with them for at least a few days. Observe the effects of changing light on the color throughout the day, both natural light and light provided by bulbs.

For exteriors, warm, neutral palettes continue to be widely used, because the brick, stone, and other fixed elements are warm materials. That said, as blues and grays became popular colors for a home’s interior, they’re popping up on exteriors, too. And it’s smart to take a cue from other homes in the neighborhood, although you don’t want a color that’s too close to the homes next door.

Paint sample boards with each color you’re considering, and place them on different corners of your home. Again, observe the color at different times of day as the natural light changes. Once you’ve narrowed your choices, paint a swatch on the front of your house where it’s in full sun—not on the porch or under an overhang, where there are shadows. Look at the color at different times of the day.

Pick Your Paint

You can choose the most beautiful shade, but if the paint is mediocre, the end result is likely to disappoint. Our tests find that economy grades of interior paint don’t perform well overall, and you may need to apply three or four coats to cover dark colors. Paints scoring Very Good or Excellent in hiding cover most colors in one coat. Most of the tested paints are claimed to eliminate priming.

Exterior paints have improved dramatically in recent years. As a group, they’re more durable and less prone to cracking and fading. But there are still real differences among the tested paints in our ratings, and many manufacturers claim you won’t have to apply a primer first.

In response to stricter federal and regional standards, manufacturers have reduced the levels of volatile organic compounds—some of the noxious chemicals that can make paint smell like paint—in their products. Earlier low-VOC paints lacked the durability of higher-VOC finishes, but now all the paints in our tests are claimed to have low or no VOCs, and many perform very well.

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