How many coats of paint does my house need?

professional house paintersSo it is time for you to paint the interior of your home, apartment complex or business facility. Well, chances are you don’t want to spend hours, if not days, performing the necessary tasks. If it only required a single coat of paint then it might be different but when it requires two, three or even four coats, this is exactly when you need to bring in professional painters. With this being said, there are many different variables that come into play when it comes to how many coats of paint your house or other facility needs. Painting contractors are able to give you a better estimate when they see the building. Painting contractors are going to take these issues into consideration, just as you should.

Some of the variables painting contractors are going to be looking out for include:

– Surface
– Sheen Level
– Paint Quality
– Current Paint Color


The painting surface is something that is going to be taken into consideration. A dull finish is always desirable, as the new paint is going to stick to it better than something with a shiny, glossy finish. If you have a glossy wall already, it means the painters are either going to have to sand it down, or apply several coats (at least two). Additionally, if the surface has a popcorn or stucco finish (the rough, textured look) it requires more paint to cover the gaps and crevices.

Sheen Level

This is the kind of paint you are using for the new paint. The brighter the sheen, the more imperfections come out. This is because light reflects off the sheen, bringing in more noticable differences. Due to this, additional coats are required. You can often expect two to three different layers of paint to be applied to the wall.

Paint Quality

Paint quality matters. The higher the quality of paint, the fewer layers you need. When staring at the paint canisters at the local home improvement store, you might gawk at the price of some paints, but these paints reduce the number of layers and the amount of paint you need. Check to see the quality of paint your painting contractors are using.

Current Paint Color

Let’s say you want a light, sky blue for a wall, but the current paint is a dark red. It requires more coats to cover up darker paint, and maybe even a coat of primer.


If you want to skip this daunting task and bring in professional home painters, contact us for a free estimate. We’re happy to help.

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