From the Field
A Closer Look at Exterior
By Scott Bur t
s a product category, exterior
trim paints are
one of the fortunate beneficiaries of all the
manufacturer R&D dollars going into
waterborne/latex technologies in the past
several years. While oil stains were historically effective on exterior siding applica-
tions, they were never exactly a standard for
exterior trim. Latex exterior trim paints
have always been around. In the past, they
held up well but could be difficult to work
with. Some products in the new latex era
have struck a better balance of performance
and user friendliness.
You can call them waterborne, acrylic or
latex. By any name, exterior trim paints are
all about performance, and that is measured for the most part by durability – the
Duration at work.
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Suitable for trim-heavy exteriors in harsh exposures.
14 • July 2013