What every best Exterior Paint has:
- Covers easily.
- Resists dirt and mildew.
- Lasts for years.
Behr Premium Plus Ultra is a solid choice if you're looking for a great value. It provides great coverage overall, impressive durability and ease of use. With just 50 grams per liter of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), it's one of the lowest-VOC paints available, aside from zero-VOC paints. While it's not the lowest-priced exterior paint available, Behr Premium Plus Ultra shines in testing, scoring well for its resistance to cracking, mildew, color changing, and dirt.
If you are on tight budget, decent exterior paint doesn't come much cheaper than Olympic Assure. Users say that it applies easily and dries quickly. Many say that they need no more than two coats to get the job done. If does fall behind more premium paint when it comes to durability, however, though you should last six years or more and still look very good. It's available in flat, satin and semi-gloss sheens.
Benjamin Moore Arborcoat is the top performing solid stain in professional tests. It offers exceptional durability, with an excellent appearance after the equivalent of three years on a deck. It's available in tons of colors, and in also semi-transparent and transparent versions to fit any style or project, but durability isn't nearly as good in those other opacities. For the environmentally conscious, Benjamin Moore Arborcoat contains less than 100 grams per liter of VOCs, placing it in the low-VOC category.
Behr Premium Waterproofing Wood Stain & Sealer comes in several options, including solid color, semi-transparent and transparent. All perform well, but the semi-transparent opacity outperforms similar stains -- including Benjamin Moore Arborcoat (Est. $45 per gallon) -- in expert testing. You should very much ignore the claim that this stain will look good on decks for 6 years (10 years for the solid opacity), but it should still look good for two -- which is much better than average among semi-transparent stains.