We all want a durable, long-lasting paint job, and some people fall under the assumption that doing two coats of paint will get them this result.
The truth is, not necessarily.
Applying two coats of paint can improve the durability of the paint job. But still, the exact increase in durability depends on various factors such as the paint’s type, the paint’s quality, the surface preparation, the surface it’s being applied to, the method of application, and the conditions it will be exposed to.
Applying more coats of paint could make the paint job last longer as long as the paint is applied correctly from the first coat.
Suppose the first coat of paint is applied correctly, and the surface is adequately prepared. In that case, achieving the desired finish and durability may be sufficient. In some cases, additional coats of paint may be necessary to achieve a certain level of opacity or finish. But that is different from the paint job lasting longer.
So here are the keys to having a long-lasting paint job with two coats of paint.
Proper Surface Preparation
Proper surface preparation includes cleaning, sanding, prepping, and priming the surface to be painted.
Not only that, but also using the correct type of brushes, rollers, and tools in general, not to mention following the manufacturer’s recommendations for all products and paints.
Following these details will ensure that the paint adheres well and the finish is smooth.
Choosing The Right Color
It is also important to note that color selection is essential, as some colors will fade faster than others.
Darker colors absorb more UV rays and fade faster than lighter ones.
Choosing paint with a high level of pigmentation, UV inhibitors, and a high level of gloss can also help extend the paint job’s life.
When Is It Beneficial To Have Two Paint Coats?
• When Painting Over A Dark Color With A Lighter Color:
In this case, applying an extra coat can help to ensure complete coverage and prevent the underlying color from showing through.
• When Painting A Porous Surface:
Porous surfaces can absorb paint and may require extra coats to achieve full coverage and a smooth finish.
• When Using Low-Quality Paint:
Low-quality paint may not have the same level of pigmentation as higher-quality paint and may require extra coats to achieve the desired finish.
• When The Paint Finish Is Desired To Be Glossy Or Reflective:
Some high gloss or reflective paints are made to be applied in multiple coats. Additionally, when a more glossy or reflective surface is desired, extra coats can be added to create a more glossy or reflective finish.
• When Painting An Area That Will Be Subjected To Heavy Wear And Tear:
Extra coats can help to increase the durability and longevity of the paint in areas that will be frequently used or exposed to heavy wear and tear.
• When Painting An Area That Will Be Exposed To Moisture:
Extra coats can help to create a barrier against moisture and water to protect the paint and the surface underneath.
It’s important to note that applying extra coats of paint may only be necessary or beneficial in some special cases. Applying too many coats can lead to problems such as drips, unevenness, and a higher cost.
So What Should I Do Now To Make My Paint Job Last Longer?
In summary, applying more coats of paint alone will not guarantee a longer-lasting paint job.
On the other hand, proper surface preparation, the use of quality paint products, the method of application, and the color selection will make a paint job last longer.
In any case, the exact increase in durability will depend on the specific circumstances of your project. It is best to consult with a professional painting contractor for an accurate estimate.
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