Selecting Paint Systems

Learn how selecting the right number of coats and appropriate primer/paint combinations create durable, beautiful finishes

The particular combination of primers and paints we apply (the paint system) is the coating that will shield your home from the elements. We use only the best available products and a primer/paint pairing that takes into account the unique requirements and characteristics of your project. Typical applications include:

  • Spot Prime/One Finish Coat – Primer is applied only to areas that have been prepared because the existing paint film is in good condition in most areas. If your home’s existing paint is still in pretty good condition and you are not planning to change colors, this is an inexpensive paint system that provides adequate protection.
  • Spot Prime/Two Finish Coats – As with the previous paint system, primer is only applied to prepared areas. However, two finish coats offer more protection if the existing finish paint is degraded or chalky. Additionally, a color change, however slight, usually requires two finish coats to ensure uniform coverage. This paint system is an upgrade to the Spot Prime/One Finish Coat system, provides more protection, lasts longer and costs more due to the additional materials and labor required for the second finish coat.
  • Full Prime/One Finish Coat – In some instances the level of degradation of the existing paint requires a full prime coat so that the finish coat has a solid base to adhere to. This primer coat can be tinted to match the finish coat and help it cover. Moderate color changes can usually be achieved with this paint system, but a second finish coat may be necessary in some instances or on some areas of your home. In specific situations, based on the existing paint’s condition and other factors, this is the appropriate paint system as it allows the primer and paint to form a bond more appropriate than the bond between two finish coats. Its cost is comparable to the Spot Prime/Two Finish Coats system.
  • Full Prime/Two Finish Coats – This is a high performance paint system that is often most appropriate for new construction, renovations, or very some dramatic color changes. It usually last the longest of the paint systems listed, but comes with the associated costs of more materials and labor.

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