Use this 3 part SimpleSpecs™ master specification to specify painting and stains for exterior and interior surfaces.
This section includes paints and stains for use in common building environments. For severe conditions consider utilizing a high-performance coating system.
Paints and stains encompass a wide range of product types, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.
This section provides a framework for specifying paints by manufacturer and type.
In addition to standard paints like latexes and alkyds (oil based there are numerous other product types including epoxies. Paints can be selected to provide weather resistance, abrasion resistance, chemical resistance, gloss retention, and many other attributes.
Many paints are available in low- or no-VOC formulations for use in LEED and other sustainable projects. VOC limits vary greatly; verify specific limits with the applicable code or rating system.
Consult with a reputable paint manufacturer to determine the best paint or stain type for each application.
Manufacturers included in this section: