10 Best Porch Paint Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Buying a can of paint should be easy. But walk into any home center or paint store and you’ll see just how confusing the choices can get. Brand lines keep expanding, and the price might jump by $5 to $20 per gallon.

The good news is that the perfect paint for your needs is out there, and this buying guide will lead you to it. We test dozens of interior and exterior paints in a variety of finishes to help you find the best one for the job and your budget.

Top 10 Porch Paint

Bestseller No. 1
KILZ L573611 Interior/Exterior Enamel Porch and Patio Latex Floor Paint, Low-Lustre, Silver Gray,...
60 Reviews
KILZ L573611 Interior/Exterior Enamel Porch and Patio Latex Floor Paint, Low-Lustre, Silver Gray,...
  • 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. 2
KILZ Over Armor Textured Wood/Concrete Coating, 1 gallon, Slate Gray
45 Reviews
KILZ Over Armor Textured Wood/Concrete Coating, 1 gallon, Slate Gray
  • Over Armor offers an innovative solid color coating that brings old, weathered wood or concrete back to life...
  • This solid color, textured coating bridges cracks, hides imperfections, and gives a uniform look to old,...
Bestseller No. 3
KILZ L377611 1-Part Epoxy Acrylic Interior/Exterior Concrete and Garage Floor Paint, Satin, Silver...
105 Reviews
KILZ L377611 1-Part Epoxy Acrylic Interior/Exterior Concrete and Garage Floor Paint, Satin, Silver...
  • 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. 4
RTG Deck, Porch, Patio Anti-Slip Paint (Quart, Light Gray)
20 Reviews
RTG Deck, Porch, Patio Anti-Slip Paint (Quart, Light Gray)
  • Fast-drying, textured paint provides an attractive finish & secure footing on exterior surfaces that become...
  • Easy to apply by brush or roller (1/4"-3/8" foam or nap roller cover for surfaces with a smoother texture;...
Bestseller No. 5
KILZ L378601 Interior/Exterior Slip-Resistant Decorative Concrete Paint 1 Gallon Tan
31 Reviews
KILZ L378601 Interior/Exterior Slip-Resistant Decorative Concrete Paint 1 Gallon Tan
  • Breathe new life into your concrete surfaces with KILZ interior/exterior decorative concrete paint formulated...
  • Easy to apply concrete paint fills in hairline cracks up to 3 mm and stands up to hot tires, dirt and grease
Bestseller No. 6
Valspar 27-1500 QT 1 quart White Porch and Floor Latex Satin Enamel
2 Reviews
Valspar 27-1500 QT 1 quart White Porch and Floor Latex Satin Enamel
  • This item is Valspar 27-1500 QT 1 Quart White Porch and Floor Latex Satin Enamel
  • Used For Painting Supplies, Paint & Stains Accessories
Bestseller No. 7
Diamond Brite Paint 31150 5-Gallon Oil Base All Purpose Enamel Paint   Battleship Grey
145 Reviews
Diamond Brite Paint 31150 5-Gallon Oil Base All Purpose Enamel Paint Battleship Grey
  • Can be used on interior or exterior surfaces
  • Excellent for use on wood, concrete, plaster, masonry, hardboard and metal
Bestseller No. 8
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. 9
Rust-Oleum 301303 Decorative Concrete Coating Sunset
3 Reviews
Rust-Oleum 301303 Decorative Concrete Coating Sunset
  • Textured finish excellent for patios, porches, pool decks, walkways and other concrete surfaces
  • Superior water repellency
Bestseller No. 10
Anvil Deck-A-New Resurfacer Paint, Restores Wood Decks, Porches, Concrete Patios & Pool Decks,...
126 Reviews
Anvil Deck-A-New Resurfacer Paint, Restores Wood Decks, Porches, Concrete Patios & Pool Decks,...
  • REPAIRS structurally sound, wooden and composite decks, concrete patios, walkways steps and porches while...
  • REJUVENATES weathered or damaged wood and concrete surfaces saving replacement costs.

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.

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, the 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.

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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