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Selecting Exterior Paint Products & Colors

Skill:  Novice DIY'er

For years, homeowners have turned to BEHR to provide them with a virtual rainbow of premium quality paints at a great value.

For Best Results:

Choose the right product to improve the look, longevity, and beauty of your home.

Always use primer on an exterior paint project-especially on hard-to-paint surfaces.

Determine if an existing paint coating is oil-based or water-based.

For a dramatic color change, tint with BEHR Exterior Primer to provide a uniform surface of topcoat.

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Color Used in This How-To

Topiary Tint
440E-3
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Cascade White
W-D-500
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Scotland Road
450F-4
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Tip 1

When selecting a color, keep in mind your home's surroundings . Do you want your home to stand out, or blend in?

Tip 2

Consider the amount of light your home receives during the day. For very shady areas, you may want a lighter color to reflect more natural light, whereas very sunny areas can handle a darker shade.

Tip 3

To make your color choices easier, visit behr.com for inspiring ideas or visit the BEHR Color Solutions Center at your nearest The Home Depot location to explore scores of exterior color options.