Multi-Coat Painting for Enhanced Durability

Ireland’s Finest Painting Company is a trusted provider of both interior and exterior painting services throughout the greater Denver, CO area. 

But aside from rolling up our sleeves and doing the work, we also provide guidance to our clients that are interested in tackling a home painting project on their own.

In this blog post, we thought we’d dive into some ways that DIY painters can increase the longevity of the projects they put their valuable time into – and one of the very best ways to do that is to use techniques like multi-coat painting. 

The good news is, even beginners should find this skill relatively easy to master, which can be a major confidence boost down the line when they feel ready to try out more intricate techniques. 

There are many benefits behind a multi-coat painting approach, which we’ll dive into and discuss further. But the main reasoning behind this technique is durability

You should think of each coat of paint as another layer of protection against the wear and tear of everyday life. Bumps, scuffs, grime buildup, and other damage is amongst inevitable, but a multi-coat base is like a vaccine that works from the inside out to protect your home’s longevity. 

Of course, a project is only as good as the tools used in its completion. We recommend high-quality brushes, painter’s tape, drop clothes, and of course, paint. Investing in your project from the start will ensure that you’ll end up with a clean, professional-looking end result. 

Now, let’s take a look at the process from a step-by-step perspective: 

  1. Prep

As we said, the preparation phase of the project is key to making sure that your working environment (which doubles as your living space) remains as clean as possible during the painting process. Not to mention, work up front means less to do at the end of the day. 

  1. Application

Start by loading your brush correctly to avoid excessive dripping, and make sure that you use one of the many popular techniques to ensure even strokes (for instance, some people go for a ‘W’ shape, others stick to an up-and-down motion). It’s also important to make sure that you let each coat dry before you move on to the next. If you don’t, your brush or roller will actually pull up the previous coat before it’s had a chance to fully dry.

  1. Final Inspection 

Between each coat, you’ll want to give things a quick visual inspection. Make note of imperfections like drips or uneven coverage, and adjust your process for the next layer. If you have the extra time, we recommend taking a moment to sand between coats to get an even smoother finish that will further encourage adhesion in the next layer of paint. 

After the project is done and your tools are back in the shed, it’s important to remember that there is an ongoing fourth step – maintenance. A semi-regular, gentle clean of newly painted surfaces, quickly treating stains and scuffs when they show up, and a general attention to detail can do wonders when it comes to keeping your surfaces looking as fresh as they did on the day you originally painted them.  

Now, if you do decide you want to call in the professionals, a team of trusted craftsmen like Ireland’s Finest painters that have been servicing the Denver, CO area since 1995 is the way to go. You can expect attention to detail, respect for your home and neighbors, and a standard of excellence that we will tirelessly work to maintain. 

Contact us today at 303-512-8777 for a free estimate and see what we can do for you!

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