A lot of what can mar an exterior paint job are natural phenomena – notably, dust and dirt, which can be kicked up by the wind and other weather, and mildew, the unsightly black, gray or brown fungus that feeds on nature’s nutrients, including those commonly found in dirt.
It’s tough to fight Mother Nature, so what’s a homeowner to do? Be smart and use a top quality exterior paint that resists both dirt pickup and mildew formation.
If it comes as news that some paints offer better protection against these formidable foes, there’s better news yet: The Paint Quality Institute has tested nearly every paint on the market for dirt- and mildew resistance, and we’ve identified a handful – all made with 100% acrylic — that offer superior performance in this regard.
Some of the top paints that resist dirt pickup and mildew formation are national brands that you can find throughout the U.S. Three scored especially well:
If you happen to live in California, Washington, Oregon, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma or Nevada, you can add Kelly-Moore’s AcryShield to the list. The paint is sold only in those states.
And if your home is located north of the border, in Canada, Home Hardware’s Beauti-Tone is your best bet.
When selecting your paint, keep in mind that coatings with higher gloss tend to resist dirt and mildew better than flat paints. That’s because they are less porous, giving dirt and mildew fewer places to hide.
And it’s always wise to give your paint a helping hand by cutting away shrubbery that can create shaded areas that stay moist — creating a perfect environment where mildew can thrive.
So, if you’re interested in keeping your exterior paint free of dirt and mildew, apply a paint that has proven resistance to these enemies of aesthetics, favor a top quality 100% acrylic paint in a higher sheen level, and don’t permit your shrubbery to encroach on your home exterior. It’s a winning strategy in the nonstop war against dirt and mildew.