Fade resistant exterior paint?

tammabApril 27, 2010

Is there a fade resistant exterior paint on the market? I have a 100+ yr old home with wood siding. The East and South sides of the house gets full sun exposure which leaves them several shades lighter than the opposite sides. I am using Behr primer and paints so I guess I need to step up the quality.

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Fade resistance depends mainly on your chosen color...LITERALLY!

Earth/mineral-based colorants fade the least (Blacks, Red-Oxides, Yellow-Oxides, Browns & Umbers).

Artificially created colorants (Reds, Magentas, brigther Yellows, etc.) fade the most in bright sun.
* A Red door/trim that's in the shade a lot, obviously, won't fade that much.
* A Red door in full sun will look "pink" relatively fast...

High-ends paints, like C2 Exterior, FPE, a couple high-end BM & SW lines have better colorants.
* C2 for instance, uses 2 RED colorants...HR=High-strength Red; and RL=Red low.
* Also two Yellows, two Blues, & two Blacks.
* Only a ~couple companies have TWO high-strength colorant versions. These type of colorants are pretty color-stable outside. They should be...you could feed a family of 3 at a restaraunt for what a Qt. of C2 High-strength Red costs!
* FPE uses colorant PASTES for most of their series. VERY high-Q stuff there!


    Bookmark   April 27, 2010 at 9:38PM
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Also, oil based paints fade much quicker than latex or acrylic paints.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2010 at 12:18AM
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If you pick a slightly greyed medium to light shade, it's less likely to look faded because it's not intense.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2010 at 2:58PM
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