Every paint project begins with good intentions. After selecting the perfect color, you may have been surprised when the paint did not cover well. This frustrating phenomenon actually stems from several common mistakes. Below are likely reasons why your paint didn’t cover.
1. You Forgot the Primer
When troubleshooting your paint coverage, this is first thing you should consider. Primer is a must for any painting job, because the state of your walls affects the finished project. Prior to painting, be sure to prep your walls appropriately by adding a coat of primer. This is especially important if you are painting on wood paneling due to its natural dark color.
2. You Only Applied One Coat
After applying the primer, follow the instructions for proper application of the main paint color. If you only applied one coat of paint, the paint may look different than the paint sample. To achieve the right shade, you will need multiple coats. No matter which paint you choose, make sure you apply a minimum of two coats.
3. Your Base Color Affected the Final Look
Do you know what a base color is? It is the underlying tone of your paint. Lighter color paint uses a white base and darker color paint uses a clear base. After a paint base color, the manufacturing process adds color pigmentation.
Also, the variant you choose determines how the first coat will cover. All paint bases have a certain level of titanium dioxide which is the key ingredient that makes paint coverage possible. White bases contain more titanium dioxide than clear bases do. So, if you choose a lighter color such as our White Fence, it will contain a higher level of titanium dioxide. However, if you choose an accent color such as Best of the Bunch, do not be surprised if your first coat leaves much to be desired. This is because it has a clear base and less titanium dioxide. Remember, a bold color will require multiple coats to appear opaque.
4. You Did Not Use the Right Tools
Did you know each paint type requires complementary painting tools? For the best paint coverage, ask a paint specialist to assist you in purchasing the right brushes. For example, latex paint requires a synthetic brush, while oil-based paint necessitates a natural bristle brush. These brush choices will give you the smoothest most consistent finish! Our experienced staff can help you choose the right tools for the job.
5. You Used a Low Quality Paint
Better quality paint yields longer durability. Many people opt for low quality as a cost-effective option. However, low quality paint will require applying more coats, and more touch up or re-painting. For example, low quality, dark exterior paints will fade quickly after prolonged exposure to the sun. By contrast, our Davis Paint adds in UV protection elements to make sure darker exterior paint colors are more fade-resistant. Additionally, many of our paints include Microban® to prevent mold and mildew for up to 5 years. This gives your paint the durability needed to survive any weather elements.
Lack of paint coverage is frustrating, but it can be easily mitigated using the tips above. At James T. Davis, we create paints that require less coats and cover well. Find out more about our paint quality promise and our products here.
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