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Sherwin-Williams Duration

*Est. $55 per gallon
August 2010
by ConsumerSearch
Sherwin-Williams Duration

Best exterior house paint

  • Top pick of professionals
  • May need only one coat
  • May not need primer
  • Guaranteed for term of ownership
  • Expensive
  • Learning curve for DIYers
  • Some pros doubt lifetime guarantees

Building professionals posting on Internet forums name Sherwin-Williams Duration as the best exterior house paint more often than any other paint. Reviews say Duration hides pre-existing paint well and applies better than other exterior paints. Some professional painters do warn that Sherwin-Williams Duration's thickness requires a bit of a learning curve if you are used to working with thinner paints. Duration house paint comes in flat, satin and gloss finishes and is guaranteed not to blister or peel for as long as you own your house, although some pros say you shouldn't count on any paint job lasting for decades. Duration is marketed as a one-coat, self-priming paint, but Sherwin-Williams and reviewers both list situations -- such as painting bare wood -- in which you may need to apply primer or more than one coat of Duration. The major drawback is the high price. Before Sherwin-Williams created Duration, its top-of-the-line paint was Sherwin-Williams SuperPaint (*Est. $40 per gallon). SuperPaint is still available as a less expensive option to Duration, and reviewers recommend it as a high-quality paint with long endurance. ranks Sherwin-Williams Duration paints alongside two dozen others after testing the paints in harsh weather exposures. Comments by professionals and serious do-it-yourselfers indicate a preference for Sherwin-Williams Duration on message boards such as,, and Two other sources, and, also recommend Sherwin-Williams Duration.'s guide to home repair, Bob Formisano, mentions Sherwin-Williams as a good paint brand.

Our Sources

1. editors conduct ongoing comprehensive testing of exterior paint, simulating wear after three, six and nine years. Editors rate paints on their appearance so far, but the ratings are available only to subscribers.

Review: Exterior Paint Ratings, Editors of, June 2010

2. Contractor Talk

On this message board thread for contractors, the consensus appears to be that Sherwin-Williams Duration is high-quality paint, but its thickness means there's a "learning curve" involved in using it.

Review: Anyone Struggle Applying Duration?, Contributors to


Two experienced painting contractors post here that they have used Sherwin-Williams Duration exterior paint almost exclusively -- one for six years and the other for 12 -- and they are very happy with it. The original poster reports a problem with a Duration paint job, but other users suspect painting conditions or cleaning chemicals may be the culprit.

Review: Duration Paint Mystery, Contributors to

4. DIY Chatroom

Several users on this message board for do-it-yourselfers recommend Sherwin-Williams Duration if price is no object. One says it has held up well in the varying weather conditions of Chicago.

Review: Best Exterior Paint?, Contributors to

5. DIY Chatroom

Users on this message board thread compare Sherwin-Williams Duration and Sherwin-Williams SuperPaint. One says that one good coat of Duration is equal to two coats of the less expensive SuperPaint.

Review: Which Exterior SW Paint to Use?, Contributors to


Professional painters and members of associated trades discuss the best brands of exterior paint here. Two prefer Sherwin-Williams Duration, although one admits it is "pricey."

Review: What Is the Best Exterior Paint, Contributors to


Joe Pullaro, a second-generation painting contractor in Florida, lists the best brands of exterior house paint here. Sherwin-Williams Duration is one of his particular favorites.

Review: What Is the Best Paint to Use on the Exterior of My House?, Joe Pullaro


Bob Formisano,'s guide to home repair, provides an informational article, rather than a review. Formisano recommends three brands -- Benjamin Moore, Behr and Sherwin-Williams. He suggests readers "look on the side of the can for about 45 percent pigment and resins per volume." (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)

Review: All About Paint, Bob Formisano


This remodeling columnist highly recommends Sherwin-Williams Duration to a reader looking for the most durable house paint. However, the host does not try the paint himself, relying instead on information from the manufacturer.

Review: What Paint Will Last?, Jim Neidner

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