3 Ways to Make a Paint Job Last
Follow these tips to make sure all that work is worthwhile
Debbie Zimmer, of the Paint Quality Institute, a trade group, offers this advice:
1. Don’t skimp. The thicker the dry paint film, the more protection you’ll get. Never thin paint with water; it’s formulated to be used as is.
2. Add a second coat. This will further thicken the paint film and could add a couple of years to the life of the paint job.
3. Choose a high sheen. The flatter the sheen the more “velvety” the effect, but this can be at the cost of durability when it comes to removing stains and marks. In busy traffic areas, opt for an easier-to-clean sheen, such as satin or semigloss. Keep in mind that higher sheens show surface imperfections more readily than matte ones do, so careful prep is key.