Sherwin-Williams Duration

Best exterior paint

  • Excellent long-term durability
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Great coverage
  • Low-VOC paint even with colorants
  • Not mildew- or dirt-resistant

Bottom line

Sherwin-Williams Duration is the most recommended exterior paint we've found, earning praise from experts, professional contractors and amateur painters alike. User reviews say it's easy to apply and coverage is great -- and it looks awesome once it's on the wall. It earns top marks for long-term durability in comprehensive independent tests. While it's pricey, most say it can save you money in the long run, as it typically requires fewer coats than cheaper paints.


Easy on the walls, easy on the eyes. Sherwin-Williams Duration is a top performer, judging from reviews. Professional painters and contractors rave about its coverage, and many say it provides a thick coat that looks great on the outside. It glides on easily, judging from consumer opinions, and dries faster than many paints. Sherwin-Williams claims the paint is self-priming and has the ability to get the job done in just one coat. Professionals who typically recommend applying two coats in any situation for good measure say a second coat was unnecessary. Duration falls below both the federal limits and California's state limits on the levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) allowed in exterior paint -- though it doesn't meet the limits of some regions of California, which require less than 50 grams per liter. It's available in satin, semi-gloss and flat finishes.


Long-lasting finish. Sherwin-Williams Duration exterior paint is very durable and retains a quality finish after the equivalent of nine years of simulated weathering in one independent lab test. The same test concludes that it does a good job of resisting cracks and color change, and experienced owners agree. Duration earns high marks from user reviews at, where most laud its ability to withstand weathering over the years; many say it still looks great after five- and even nine-year periods. The biggest caveat we spotted is that Duration doesn't resist mildew and dirt as well as some other brands. Its premium price tag is a concern to some, but most experienced painters say it's worth it and that you'll spend twice as much in the long run if using a cheaper paint. Duration includes a lifetime warranty in case of peeling or blistering (not caused by improper application), though this doesn't cover labor costs.

Our Sources


Editors subject Sherwin-Williams Duration exterior paint to comprehensive ongoing lab tests at Flat, semi-gloss and satin finishes are graded on how well they hold up in simulated weathering tests, earning a rating at three-, six- and nine-year intervals. Also considered is resistance to cracking, color change, dirt and mildew.

Review: Sherwin-Williams Duration, Editors of, Not Dated


More than 30 users weigh in on Sherwin-Williams Duration at retailer site Here the exterior paint earns an overall score of 4 stars out of 5. Most owners laud its coverage and ease of use, and many say it's worth its price tag.

Review: Duration Exterior Acrylic Coating, Contributors to, As of June 2014

3. Contractor Talk is a great resource for recent discussions -- as in not older than two years -- of Sherwin-Williams Duration exterior paint. Painting professionals and do-it-yourselfers posting on this Internet forum frequently recommend Duration as a top choice, and often go into great detail of its pros and cons.

Review: Painting & Finish Work, Contributors to, As of June 2014

4. DIY Chatroom

Many painting contractors as well as non-professionals weigh in on Sherwin-Williams Duration at You can find a wealth of detailed and helpful discussion on brands of exterior paints, as there are many recently created threads on this Internet forum. Duration is a hands-down favorite for many.

Review: Painting, Contributors to, As of June 2014


Discussion board is loaded with feedback from professional painters, retailers and do-it-yourselfers on Sherwin-Williams Duration exterior paint -- though, you may need to use the search feature to find it. Like at other forums, Duration is a favorite, with the only consistent complaint being its premium price tag.

Review: General Painting Discussion, Contributors to, As of June 2014

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