Exterior Painting: how many coats?


Old 05-14-03, 04:13 AM
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Exterior Painting: how many coats?

Dear Readers:

We are getting our house repainted and the contractor is confident that with thorough sanding and a using a primer tinted the same color as the exterior color, two coats total (one for the primer, one for the final) will be adequite to give us a lasting paint job.

I'm not so sure. I think two coats of exterior is needed.

Your thoughts?
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Old 05-14-03, 09:53 AM
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My thoughts are that the expense in painting is the labor, not the paint. I would go with two finish coats over the primer. It would last longer. Even one coat over priimer should last 15 years. Two coats may not last appreciably longer, but would look better at the end.

Of course, the added cost of the second finish coat may make the difference for you.

Hope this helps.
Old 05-14-03, 03:39 PM
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this is helpful . Thanks for your prompt response.
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i paint for a living and i sold paint for 12 years prior
i have not heard of a painter that will sand a complete exterior

i will reccomend using a tsp solution applied with a broom and extention pole and then a pressure wash(this should take about 4 hours for a 1200 sq ft home

let dry for 1 dry day and spot prime bare areas and put 2 full coats on the house

let me know more info about house and i will help more

a paint will only reach its full potential after 2 coats-for durability and proper colour

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