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Painting Home Exterior: The Beginners Guide For Choosing Paints

When you’re looking to paint your home’s exterior, you may have to make a few choices. Each type of paint has its use, and it’s essential to select the right one for your home. This blog post by Noble Painting looks at what goes into painting a home exterior.

Types of Paint Formulas

There are three types of paint formulas: oil-based or alkyd-based, latex-based, and acrylic.

  1. Oil-Based or Alkyd-Based Paints: These paints are made with natural oils and resins. These paints have been used for a long time. Their one significant advantage is that they dry to a smooth, hard surface offering protection from the weather elements. They are glossy, easy to apply, durable, dirt-resistant, and shrink less than the other types of paint available. They are hard to clean, may emit hazardous fumes, and are used less now due to restrictions on certain solvents. They also take longer to dry as compared to latex or acrylic-based paints.

The oil-based paints are also known as Alkyd-Based Paints, an improved version of the traditional oil-based paint formula.

  1. Latex-Based Paints: Latex paints are water-based, making them easy to clean up and apply. They also dry quickly. They come in various sheens and are available in interior and exterior formulations. Latex paints may fade in direct sunlight, but they work well on most surfaces.
  2. Acrylic Paints: Acrylic paints offer good durability, fade resistance, and excellent adhesion to most surfaces. They are elastic and expand and contract with the changing temperature. Acrylic paints come in a wide range of colors and sheens and are available in interior and exterior formulations.

So, Which Type Of Paint Should You Choose?

Home improvement projects like painting the exterior can be a tough job and can become costly if not done right. The type of paint you choose for your home’s exterior will depend on the surface of your home.

Based on their characteristics and the smooth, hard surface it offers upon drying, oil-based paints are recommended for:

-front doors


-metal railings




-wrought iron.

Latex-based paints work well for the following:

-vinyl siding


-wood trim and clapboard

-house exterior

-front door



-brick, stucco, concrete, and cement surfaces


Our third type, acrylic-based paints, are recommended for the following:

-exterior walls









-siding made from wood, aluminum, or fiber cement



Paint Finish

It is crucial to decide the paint finish you want when choosing exterior paint. Satin and semi-gloss finishes are durable and easy to clean, making them suitable for areas regularly exposed to the elements, such as door and window trim, porch ceilings, and roofs. Flat or matte paints are not as durable or easy to clean as satin or semi-gloss, but it is excellent to hide imperfections. The gloss finish for paints is the most durable and easy to clean, but it shows every minor flaw.

Regardless of which exterior paint you use and what kind of finish it may have, surface prep is a crucial step. Using a suitable primer is also vital because the paint might not even stick to the surface properly without it.

Noble Painting serving the Loveland, CO area, is here to take this complicated process off your plate. Contact us about our painting services or get your free quote!