Top Paints for Dirt and Mildew Resistance

House with freshly painted exterior

The Paint Quality Institute has tested nearly every paint on the market for dirt- and mildew resistance, and we’ve identified a handful that offer superior protection

Identifying the Most Fade-resistant Brands of Paint

Bright House Exterior

If you’re in love with a particular exterior paint color and don’t want to see it quickly fade into the sunset, be sure to use one of these top quality paint brands.

How to Hit a Home Run With Your Home Painting

Home Run

Now that the outdoor painting season — like the baseball season — is in full swing, it’s easy to hit a home run with your home painting.

Three Little-known Reasons to Favor Acrylic Deck Coatings

Beach House Deck

Knowing the whole story about 100% acrylic deck coatings should make it easy to decide what type of coating to use on your outdoor deck.

Weather-beaten Deck? You’ve Got Options

Large deck with umbrella and view of the lake

If your deck has emerged from its fight with winter battered and bruised, you’ll soon be shopping for a deck coating. Fortunately, you’ve got options.

Super-durable Stains Simplify Deck Upkeep

Male Carpenter Applying Varnish To Wooden Furniture.

By applying the right type of stain to your deck, and the right brand of product, you can greatly stretch out the staining cycle.

Exterior Trim Calls for Best Possible Semi-gloss Paint

Window Shutters painted red

Why switch to a semi-gloss finish once the walls are painted? The reasons involve both practical and aesthetic considerations.

Winter Ending; Let the Painting Begin!


Given this year’s record snow, rain, ice and cold. . .a lot of us will be taking up paint brushes and rollers before too long.

Proper Painting Gear Makes Exterior Painting Easier

Happy Painter

Now that we’re in the late stages of this year’s exterior painting season, it’s time to gear up for those final projects.

Exterior Paint Color Is Inspired in Tubac, Too

Colored Ceramics (Tubac, AZ)

Tubac, Arizona, where it seems the colors of homes and buildings are inspired not by historic palettes, but by . . .a natural Technicolor landscape