Best exterior paint for finish and durability in Calgary?

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Posted by: from Calgary
4/21/2016 at 10:25:53 PM

What is the best exterior paint for finish & durability in Calgary?? Stucco + wood trim + cedar shingles. What are the top 2 or 3 brands, and what brand(s) should be avoided? Would love some advice.

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Date/Time4/22/2016 at 9:32:31 AM

Good morning,

Personally I would go with the Emerald brand by Sherwin Williams, it's has a great coverage and will withstand harsh weather. There are also good outdoor products at Benjamin Moore that could do just as good a job, but they may be a bit more pricey.

I would stay away from the generic hardware store brands as they wont give you the coverage you need and may require additional coats to avoid bleeding through of previous colours.

Remember when painting outdoors the most important part is prep. Don't be afraid to sand and scrape all your surfaces to ensure you can get a long lasting and smooth finish.

Have a great day!!!

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Bob in Calgary
Date/Time4/22/2016 at 11:09:39 AM

Thx Xavier, appreciate the advice.

Am getting 3 quotes for painting my house.

One contractor has suggested Sherwin Williams. Another is recommending Dulux Diamond. Do you have an opinion on Dulux paint?

Thanks again,


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Amanda from AG Paints in Ottawa
Date/Time4/22/2016 at 5:16:57 PM

Hi there,

I've been a professional painter for 9+ years and worked with almost every product either Benjamin Moore, Dulux, Sherwin Williams etc has to offer.

If you are okay paying a slightly higher price per gallon then there is never a comparison to the Aura lines from Benajmin Moore. This is without a doubt the best paint the market has to offer. Durability, coverage, washability, workability .. you name it, it is the best. Not to mention if you ever have to do touch ups in the future it holds its colour very well so it almost always blends in perfectly.

Again, it's the exterior of your home so I wouldn't chince out to save a couple bucks here. Not to mention, when you buy cheaper paint you typically need to buy more of it to get the same coverage.

I hope this helps a bit! Good luck and make sure you also get multiple quotes so that you find somebody you trust to do a good job at a fair price and who will respect your home :)



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Bob in Calgary
Date/Time4/22/2016 at 7:50:43 PM

Many thanks Amanda!! I really appreciate your advice. I have had 3 quotes (quite a range in price....but that's another story). I've decided on a contractor, and now, thanks to you, I've got a paint that i think will be great.

Thanks again,


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Date/Time4/22/2016 at 9:05:32 PM

In my experience, for stucco, a good elastomeric paint, either full blown elastomeric or a paint hybrid (it will help insulate and seal the stucco). For the wood trim, and shakes, a satin finish WeatherOne paint from cloverdale should do the trick. All of them can be sprayed or rolled, however the "full strength" elastomeric is very very thick and would be best rolled.

there aren't a lot of brands to be avoided, mostly just preferable brands People enjoy using. I find cloverdale offers really great pricing compared to non-paint specific companies like Home Depot etc. Other than that, General paint, dulux etc - all offer similar product.


Joe / Bristle & Boss Painting

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Bob in Calgary
Date/Time4/24/2016 at 11:33:16 AM

Thx Joe for the advice. Much appreciated. The elastomeric option is more expensive than even a premium paint isn't it? I guess then, a little cost/benefit consideration may be in order.

Thx again for your help.


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Date/Time7/28/2016 at 11:36:18 PM

I would go with the Emerald brand by Sherwin Williams. I try it today on a roll out compare with Dulux, Emerald brand by Sherwin Williams was hand down the best.

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