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Just had a 10X12 foot shed installed. It has primed siding. My first instict was to go with oil based paint but heard that it might blister and peel in the sun and would be a pain to repaint later. Stain would fade naturally I would assume and be easier to maintain? Help! Theresa.
 

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It the siding has already been primed, you'll have to use paint. You can only use stain on unsealed wood.
 

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I vote oil based. I used a latex and oil on one of my buildings (had the oil and used that color for the trim), and the latex has faded after only 2 years here in TN, and looks like I may need to repaint next year. The oil based trim on the other hand is still looking mighty fine.
 

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Is it paint primed? I had 4 barns/sheds installed on the farm. They were primed (that's what they called it) with an oil based sealer. I used a semi transparent oil based stain, they still looked good when I moved with some being about 9 year old. Little faded, but the sun will do that to anything. If it's paint, I second the oil based paint & use a good nap roller, personally I like 1/2 but that's just me. I also use throw away brushes since I'm too lazy to clean them & if I use good brushes they get rather torn up on the siding anyway. If it's the house then of course looks are extremely important then I use good brushes...like the 22 windows I just came in from sanding, filling & priming today. WHEW! Only 2 more coats of paint & I'll be done. I sand/primed/painted them 5 years ago, they still look good but we are changing color due to vinyl (bleck!) siding going up. I have found that taking the time to cover ALL (every tiny nook & spot) of the exposed surfaces & using a good quality paint helps it last longer. You don't want water behind your paint!!!
Also, don't be fooled by OUR PAINT LASTS 30 YEARS. HA! Hahaha!
Best of luck with your project & enjoy your new space!
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Hey, you have a professional painter here for over 20 years. 15 years ago I would have said oil but over the years with the technology latex for exterior is far superior, IF you use a good quality brand and you won't have to use paint thinner either. Sherwin Williams has a paint called DURATION which I just painted my house with this year after re-siding but it does come with a hefy $40 per gallon and is lifetime garaunteed. But a good qualitty exterior latex paint is your best bet but don't buy something for $10 because you can have fading, and some reds and all yellows fade very fast. Sherwin Williams doesn't even carry some yellow paints for exterior anymore.


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Ok, the shed comes with primed exterior siding but some of the trim is bare wood. I have primed the bare wood so now I'm ready to paint the whole thing. I plan on using a forest green so that it blends into the trees and is less obtrusive. Any thoughts on whether that color fades more quickly? Theresa.
 

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That dark of a color often tends to Oxidize rather than fade.Dont use MAB brand or you will surely have that problem with in a year.Been there done and seen that!
If you have a Sherwin Williams or a Farrel Calhoun's there your best bet for paint that will cover and last(best),for a reasonable price.If memory serves Farrel's,outside latex is 16bucks a gallon and worth every last sent.Like said if water gets behind it, it will all fail fast.Caulk all cracks or be prepared to repaint in a few years.
In my opion on exterior, Oil primmer is best with a Latex finish coat,or two_Or three or four to cover if you use Porter Paints brand. :no: And Benjamen Moor Doesnt clean up to well,do to its parshell Alkaid bass color in there exterior latex.So use a cheap brush or buy some brush cleaner!

8year painter here! Yaa two painters onboard! :haha: Pass the lacquer thinner now please!

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Oil primer is better but since you've primed the bare wood already I guess that no longer matters and if you used a water base primer it'll still be alright. If you use a ood quality paint you shouldn't have much fading. Always ask questions at the paint store, they are their for more than just selling paint, the few paint stores we have here in Bloomington, IN have very knowledgable people working and if they don't have the answer they call their reps or the manufacturors.
 

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I agree with the rest. Use a good quality paint from a paint store. In general , they have better paints than a discount department store of mega building center. I prefer Mautz paint brand. I'd also recommend using semi-gloss on your shed. Semi-gloss seems to stay cleaner, rain rolls right off, and wiping off spider webs is easier.
 

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Thanks everyone. I have already primed the bare wood with latex paint (hubby bought it :eek: ) I will go to the paint store and see what they have. I was planning on semigloss because I think it holds up better and like the way it looks. Theresa.
 

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8year painter here! Yaa two painters onboard! :haha: Pass the lacquer thinner now please!

20 plus years of painting here. Make that 3 of us and make my thinner a double!
 
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