Exterior Paint Questions
Looking at painting the house this spring and, after doing research, have narrowed it down to two choices for paint brands:
Benjamin Moore Aura
Would love to get some feedback on which you feel is better and why.
The house is located on the coast in Southern Oregon so the paint has to be able to take a bit of a beating with wind, rain, salt air. The siding is Hardie. We're hoping to be able to use a sprayer for most of the job. We have a bit of experience in painting, but not a ton. We haven't worked with the more expensive paints before, so expect it will be a bit different for us.
From what I've read, the BM paint is really thick but it sounds like more than likely it will need two coats.
From what the SW salesman told us (yeah, grain of salt), the Duration is a one-coat paint.
The above true from experience?
I know Duration runs about $55/gallon here, but I'm not sure how much Aura is yet and thinking that along with the work of an extra coat will factor into our decision (if Duration is really one-coat and Aura two-coat). The SW salesman also said that he believes the Duration will be included in the upcoming 25% off customer appreciation sale, so that will factor in as well (although quality of results weighs in higher than cost does for us).
Some additional questions:
We fell in love with a couple of paint colors that are from Pittsburgh Paint. Is there a good program out there, online preferably, that will do an accurate conversion to colors in the BM and SW lines?
Is there a good program out there that makes virtual painting easy and accurate? I've used the BM and SW online tools, but I'd like to be able to do/see more.
Guess that's it for now. Sorry this is so long, but appreciate any guidance you have to offer.