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    Default Exterior paint - one coat or two?

    Hello!

    I have received two bids for painting the exterior of my house: asbestos cement siding with wood trim. The siding is currently a medium blue, and will be painted a light gray. The wood trim is currently white and will be painted white; it is flaking and peeling pretty badly, and needs to be sc****d and sanded.

    Painter #1 has proposed one coat of Sherwin Williams Duration paint on the wood trim (no primer), and one coat of Sherwin Williams SuperPaint on the siding, at a cost of $2500.

    Painter #2 has proposed primer and two coats of Sherwin Williams "premium house paint" at a cost of $3000.

    The one-coat painter has said he will not leave unless we're satisfied with how it looks, and will put an extra coat on any spots where it's needed. However, I am concerned that even though one coat may *look* fine, it may have durability issues down the road.

    Is it worth the extra $500 to have two coats of paint? Or is one coat sufficient? We plan to sell our house within the next 2 to 5 years, and do not want to paint or touch up again before selling.

    Thanks so much to anyone who can provide some advice!

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    Default Re: Exterior paint - one coat or two?

    In my opinion go with number 2 .... if you go with number 1 likely won't last the 2-5 years.
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    Default Re: Exterior paint - one coat or two?

    Ditto! Priming of bare components and two coats of paint are better than a single coat of paint, particularly when changing colors as you are.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Default Re: Exterior paint - one coat or two?

    Ditto!

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    Default Re: Exterior paint - one coat or two?

    Thanks so much for your replies! Sounds like it's worth the $500 for the extra coat...I don't want to have to do this again! I really appreciate the advice!

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    Default Re: Exterior paint - one coat or two?

    Oh yeah, painter two all the way. I know, I live in Colorado.

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    Default Re: Exterior paint - one coat or two?

    I know, I live in Colorado.
    Yeah soooo ...... ????
    "" an ounce of perception -- a pound of obscure "
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    Smile Re: Exterior paint - one coat or two?

    2 coats is better because the paint will absorb into the wood a fair amount.

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    Unhappy Re: Exterior paint - one coat or two?

    I need some help on paints for out side of house.
    I have used Sherman Williams and Glidden.
    But after 1 summer on Glidden the paint is starting to peel.
    It was sc****d ,washed, primed, and painted 1 coat. We used a oil base both times.
    And we did it our self.
    This house is 108 years old. Wood is cracked in some areas. We live in TX.
    Should we be using a special paint because of the age of the house.
    I can remember my father having this house painted with Sherman Williams and it lasting 7 years.
    Our they not making paint to last long theses days??????
    What should we do????
    P.S.
    This house has always used oil base.
    One person told us to use water base.
    Can you put that on a house that had oil all its life.

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    Default Re: Exterior paint - one coat or two?

    Do any of you have an opinion about the Valspar Duramax paint with Titanium? This is a thick paint by a company known for marine paints among other things. They say it is thick enough to need only one coat and bridges hair line cracks. My architect brother had not heard of it...but labor saving is appealing. My house is peeling because of the previous power wash (painted cedar shingles) So I agree that I will avoid that!

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