How Many Coats of Exterior Paint Do You Need?

As you plan your exterior painting update, you have a lot to consider. Color, brand (invest in high-quality paint!), quantity, and, of course, how many coats to apply.

You don’t want to overdo it, but you also certainly don’t want to apply too thin a coating either. Exterior paint provides too much essential protection and practical value to hold back on the application.

As you decide how many coats you really need to get the job done, there are a few key factors to keep in mind.

Don’t Forget To Thoroughly Prepare the Surface Before Painting

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The success or failure of your exterior painting endeavors is largely determined before you even open a paint can.

Surprised? It’s true!

Part of the value you receive when you hire a professional painting company is the benefit of skilled, experienced, thorough surface prep. Wood rot repair, patching, sanding, cleaning, and more… All of these contribute to your paint’s ability to adhere well and truly endure.

So, How Many Coats of Exterior Paint Should You Apply?

Two coats is typically all that’s needed, if you’re painting over a well-prepped, primed surface. This is particularly true if you are painting a dark color over a lighter, existing one, as you’re guaranteed to have good coverage.

If you’re painting a lighter color over a darker, on the other hand, you may need more than two coats.


Try using a tinted primer to smooth your transition from the old to new color!

Talk To a Professional Painter About Your Exterior Painting Goals

If you have questions about your Westchester or Fairfield County home, please contact us at A.G. Williams Painting Company. It would be our pleasure to serve you!