Sherwin Williams Exterior House Paints: Duration vs. Superpaint

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If you’re thinking about doing an exterior painting project soon, Sherwin Williams offers a handful of products in their exterior paint line. For most exterior projects though, there’s 2 products we would recommend over others – Superpaint or Duration. Below, we’ll go over the differences and when you might want to use one over the other.



SuperPaint is Sherwin Williams ‘standard’ exterior paint. It is priced about mid-range and performs accordingly. It has technology to allow us to paint in cooler temperatures and will typically last about 5-7 years. Of course the amount of time that any paint will last depends on a lot of factors – two of the most important being weather conditions and pre-existing conditions.

SuperPaint is great on an older home, something more than 40 years old. If there are peeling areas or bare wood, a separate primer will be required prior to applying SuperPaint. On some substrates, such as cedar, SuperPaint is a better option because it allows the wood to ‘breathe’ and doesn’t trap moisture under the paint as much. This is also why it’s better on an older home, as that home more than likely already has layers and layers of paint on it, and you want it to be able to ‘breathe’ better. SuperPaint also has improved resistance to early dirt pick-up, it’s vinyl safe, and it has block resistance – which means those window frames and door jams shouldn’t get stuck because of it.




Though it has the same technology that allows us to use it during cooler temperatures, Duration tends to be slightly more expensive than Superpaint – which can easily be explained. For starters, Duration can be applied on a handful more surfaces than SuperPaint – such as steel, aluminum, vinyl and wood siding and trim. It typically lasts for about 8-10 years as well, depending on the same factors as above.

Duration is great if you are looking for a self priming, one coat coverage type of paint. It’s best if used on a newer home,  under 30-40 years old. Unlike Superpaint, if Duration is applied on a home with cedar, or with a moisture problem, the thicker Duration coating will stop the home from ‘breathing’ and prevent moisture from escaping – therefore cause blistering and peeling paint.

Which product is your favorite? Have any good or bad experiences with either? Let us know in the comments below! And as always, if you’re curious about our services, give us a call or schedule an estimate on our website!

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  • Nancy Fallis

    Can super paint be applied over duration paint that was last painted 5 years ago ?

    • Michael Murray

      Yes. Should be no problem. Be sure to spot prime any bare wood if there is any.

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