3 Best Barn Paints

Top Pick: KILZ Exterior Siding, Fence, and Barn Paint

Top Pick KILZ Exterior Siding, Fence, and Barn Paint ticks every box when it comes to what you need to paint your barn.

$29.99 ($0.23 / Fl Oz)
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The KILZ Exterior Siding, Fence and Barn Paint is our top pick if you’re looking for the best barn paint for several reasons.

– All it takes is one coat for excellent coverage. This is down to the paint being very thick with a viscosity of 87-93 KU. You certainly get your money’s worth, especially as primer isn’t necessary.

– The paint dries to the touch in as little as 2-3 hours and is livestock safe.

– KILZ paint is extremely resistant to all conditions with no signs of fading whether that be rain, wind, heat, or constant sunshine.

– One of the main reasons why the paint won’t fade, crack, peel or blister is because it manages to really sink into the wood and become a part of it thanks to its unique water/oil formula.

– The paint comes in 2 colors, red and white, both of which come up beautifully in a very aesthetically pleasing way.

– A gallon covers 200 sq.ft. on porous surfaces to 500 sq.ft.on non-porous surfaces, which is excellent value for money.

Runner-Up: Valspar Barn & Fence Latex Paint

Runner-Up This paint from Valspar goes on smoothly and dries to a tough, durable finish.

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Valspar has been in business for over 200 years and has built up a well-deserved reputation. You can say that they know what they are doing, and the company’s barn paint is worth your consideration.

Their Bran & Fence Latex Paint, which comes in red or white and is available in 1 gallon and 5 gallons, goes on smoothly and dries to a tough, durable finish within a few hours. Not as tough as KILZ perhaps, but it will still withstand the weather and fading.

You can expect one gallon to cover 400 sq.ft. on non-porous surfaces, and approximately 150 sq.ft. on porous surfaces.

Also Great: Majic Barn & Fence Paint

Also Great A reliable, inexpensive paint from Majic that dries faster than any other option.

$30.11 ($0.24 / Fl Oz)
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Farmers who have needed to paint their farm equipment before may be familiar with Majic, as it is one of the go-to brands and doesn’t disappoint.

The Majic Barn & Fence Paint is a great option if you want to get the job done as cheaply as possible but still to a high standard.

It is weather, UV and fade resistant, provides good color retention, and provides decent coverage of up to 250 sq.ft. It also dries quicker than any other paint, taking just 30-minutes to 1 hour to fully dry.

Important Factors to Consider When Buying Barn Paint


Barn paint either comes in 1 gallon or 5-gallon containers. Not all manufacturers offer 5-gallon paint but depending on your needs, such as the size of the barn and how many coats you want to apply, it is usually the better choice.

Buying in bulk means cost savings of the equivalent of as much as 1-gallon free if you buy the 5-gallon option.

To Prime or Not to Prime

You don’t necessarily have to use a primer, and some paints manage just fine without such as KILZ paint, but it’s usually a good idea to do so. You will be happier with the end result and the paint job will last longer.

Application Method

It’s usually not the best idea to use a paint sprayer to paint your barn. Barn paints are usually thick, so you will not have an easy time, clogging up the sprayer and clumping up the paint. Spraying also puts down a much thinner layer of paint, regardless if you thin it or not.

Even if the paint says that it is suitable for spraying, ignore it and opt for a brush paint job.


You can expect most barn paints to cover anywhere between 150-200 sq.ft. on porous surfaces, and 300-400 sq.ft. on non-porous surfaces. As you can tell, differences between different brands aren’t usually too great but they do exist, so you might want to keep that in mind.

Weather Resistant

Any good barn paint should be weather resistant whether that be up against wind, rain, snow, or strong sunshine – some just do it better than others. KILZ barn paint is our top pick if protection against the elements is a major concern.