This week’s Ask the Craftsman Question is a follow up to last week’s regarding oil-based paint choices.
What is my favorite water-based paint?
There are so many different applications that I use water-based paints for, so picking an overall favorite is pretty much impossible. So, what I’ll do is give you a favorite in each different application.
That being said, there are a ton of excellent paints out there that I haven’t even tried, so this isn’t based off of comprehensive testing. I’ve experimented enough over the years and these have emerged as my favorites.
Walls & Ceilings – (Sherwin Williams ProMar 200 Zero-VOC) This paint is one of the behind the counter unadvertised contractor grades that I love. It is zero-VOC, which means a good healthy environment during and after application. It is very affordable and has excellent hide and coverage.
Trim & Woodwork – (Sherwin Williams ProClassic Acrylic/Alkyd Enamel) This paint lays down almost as smooth and hard of a finish as a good oil-based enamel. The water-based cleanup is just the icing on the cake.
Siding – (Sherwin Williams Resilience) This exterior paint remains flexible and has excellent color retention which is really important with our harsh Florida sun. It can be a little tacky for the first couple weeks after application, but once it cures it works like a champ.
Porch Floors – (Sherwin Williams Sher-Cryl Acrylic Coating) You won’t find this paint on display. It’s an industrial/marine coating that’s kept behind the counter. This paint holds up better to foot traffic than anything else I have tried. Its adhesion is top-notch and it still looks great after years of traffic.
I may sound like a big promoter for Sherwin Williams, but I don’t get anything from them for my recommendation. They make a great product in my opinion and I’m loyal to whoever can give me the best paint at the best price.
Give them a try and let me know what you think!
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