TrueValuePaint.com has a wide variety of tools for you to choose the right paint color for your home. The outside surface of your home will determine what kind of paint and primer to use. It is recommended that you use latex paints, rather than oil-based paints, because of their higher durability on exterior surfaces. Latex paint provides better fade- and mildew-resistance, flexibility, chalk resistance and adhesion.
If your home is older, it may already have many layers of oil-based paint on its surface. If this is the case, use oil-based paint as your base coat, and then apply exterior latex paint over it.
When painting aluminum or vinyl siding, use True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Exterior Paint in Satin Finish. If you will be painting masonry — such as brick, concrete or stucco — paint with True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Exterior Masonry/Stucco Paint. If you have wood siding on your home, use True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Exterior Paint, in your desired sheen.
Flat and satin sheens are good for exterior siding because they have little reflection. Semi-gloss sheens are typically used for shutters and trim. Vinyl or aluminum siding that is slightly dented or worn looks best when repainted with a flat sheen because it camouflages imperfections better; a satin finish is a better choice only when the siding is in good condition. In addition, semi-gloss finishes are durable, easier to clean and resistant to mildew and chalking.