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Benjamin Moore Aura Exterior Paint Guide: 4 Finishes

When you paint the exterior of your house, it involves more than just the paint color and brand. There is a wide range of sheens including flat, low-lustre, satin, and semi-gloss to consider. Each one has its own distinct characteristics, which make them suitable for different areas of the house. Your home’s exterior is subject to major stresses including rain, snow, UV rays, and physical wear. Choosing the best exterior paint finish is an important step that should not be overlooked. Do not fear – this guide from the professionals at Ricciardi Brothers will help you choose the perfect Aura Exterior Paint Finish for your next home project.

1.  Aura Flat Finish

A flat finish typically has the least amount of shine. This type of finish does not reflect light, so it will not provide any sheen. Increased paint color penetrates due to decreased sheen and shine on the outside of your home. The flat finish yields a smooth appearance since there is a higher pigment of color which is crucial for concealing defects that include the following: scratches, nail holes, patches, blemishes, and others. This sheen is best used on shingles and siding, especially in areas with imperfections.

Pros of Flat Finish

  • Quick drying time
  • No overlap marks
  • Hides flaws

Cons of Flat Finish

  • Difficult to clean
  • May flake off or chip

Best Used For

  • Siding
  • Low-traffic surfaces

2.  Aura Low Lustre Finish

A low lustre finish is recommended for exterior use on wood, vinyl and aluminum sliding, and concrete – just to name a few. This finish is self-priming, super adhesive, and has a low-temperature application. When properly applied according to recommendations, Aura® Waterborne Exterior Low Lustre Finish is suitable for wind-driven rain.

Pros of Low Lustre Finish:

  • Self-priming
  • Superior adhesion
  • Low-temperature application

Cons of Low Lustre Finish:

  • Shows imperfections

Best used for

  • Shingles
  • Siding

3. Aura Satin Finish

Satin finish is a 100% acrylic exterior low lustre latex finish that has color lock technology and extreme low UV resistance, along with a mildew-resistant film. In addition, this finish is best for wood, stucco, and primed metal. This formula is good for an assortment of exterior surfaces, including siding, and can be applied as low as 40°F.

Pros of Satin Finish:

  • Fast-drying and quick re-coat times
  • Mildew resistant
  • Outstanding durability against even the harshest weather conditions

Cons of Satin Finish:

  • Lap marks may be evident
  • Sheen can be uneven

Best Used For

  • Trim
  • Doors

4. Aura Semi-Gloss Finish

Semi-gloss has shine and reflective attributes that make it an attractive option for homeowners. This finish is easier to clean, more durable, and more moisture-resistant than a satin or eggshell paint. Additionally, the semi-gloss finish will give your home a brighter, shiny, and sleek impression compared to other finishes and white shades on the market. Semi-gloss works well on trim, particularly windowsills, which take the brunt of the weather.

Pros of Semi-Gloss Finish:

  • Easy to clean
  • Shiny and reflective
  • Highly durable

Cons of Semi-Gloss Finish:

  • Shows imperfections

Best Used For

  • Trim
  • Doors

Get Your Aura Exterior Paint at Ricciardi Brothers Today!

If you would like more information about our trademark finishes, please visit one of our NJ, DE, or PA paint locations in your area or contact us today. Aura Exterior Paint is available in five finishes which are Flat, Low Lustre, Satin, and Semi-gloss. You can shop all Benjamin Moore’s Aura Exterior Paint finishes by picking up in-store or ordering online at Ricciardi Brothers. Meet premium performance from Aura Exterior Paint which provides amazing results every time you paint.

For over 85 years, Ricciardi Brothers has helped creatively transform thousands of homes and businesses. Our 40+ locations across Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania specialize in design services and painting with professional care. Contact us for questions on how we can satisfy your design needs!

Ricciardi Brothers

Ricciardi Brothers has helped creatively transform tens of thousands of homes and businesses for over 85 years. Our 40+ locations across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware specialize in painting and expert design services with first class customer care. Contact us for inquiries on how we can fulfill your design needs!