The top-rated exterior paints include Sherwin-Williams Duration and Behr Premium Plus, according to Consumer Search. Generally, it is recommended to purchase the highest quality paint that meets an affordable budget. For best results and durability, prepare and prime wood surfaces and apply two coats.
Sherwin-Williams Duration is rated the best exterior paint by professionals and do-it-yourselfers alike. The self-priming, full-coverage formula lasts up to a decade and is crack-resistant and does not fade when exposed to extreme elements over time.
Behr Premium Plus is consistently rated high for its durability and mildew and dust resistance. Some users say more coats are needed than Duration, but at half the price it is a competitive option.
Other highly-rated paints include Glidden.