When should you use a clear finish versus a semi-transparent or a solid color? How long can you expect each to last? What are the differences in moisture and sun protection? Confused? You’re not alone. The world of exterior finishes has gotten very cloudy over the years. But things are about to become a whole lot clearer.
Using familiar weather color-coding and phrases, the Storm System is organized in five categories based on the level of opacity, degree of UV protection and typical longevity of each finish. It really couldn’t be any more clear.
Clear: transparent finishes, moisture protection
Light: toned & semi-transparent exterior finishes, moisture protection + light UV defense
Moderate: semi-solid exterior finish, moisture protection + moderate UV defense
Heavy: solid color exterior finishes, moisture protection + heavy UV defense
Extreme: primers, formulated for extreme conditions