Frequently Asked Painting Questions

Have panting questions? here is an informative page of the right painting procedures. Get things done right the first time!

Coats of Paint

One of the first and most important question when approaching a painting project is the number of coats you will need. The amount of coats you will need is determined by current condition and color of your wall. 


How Much Paint?

The number of coats of paint is determined by the square footage of the property, the condition it is currently on, and extra paint for future touch ups. Here are some painting guidelines to follow:

  • Painting the same (or a very similar color) on an exterior wall. Freshening your wall color is a simple and easy way to paint a your home. After properly washing the surface you will likely only need two evenly painted coats. Use a good brush or roller to evenly coat the wall. Once the paint dries, you should have an evenly colored surface that looks as good as new.

  • Painting a new color on an interior wall. The short answer to this question is, more than one. Of course, it depends on the original color that is being covered up and the new color you are using. Painting a dark or bold cover over a lighter color will likely only require two coats. Painting light over dark is a different story. Achieving a smooth, even color in this scenario could require up to six coats of paint.

  • Using a primer. You can bypass all the coats required for painting light over dark by using a primer. Primers are an affordable and easy way to mask the existing color of your wall, and they create a surface that your new paint will readily take to.

Painting Over New Drywall

Painting over new walls or repaired areas of drywall requires a good primer. New drywall and the spackle used to smooth its seams is absorbent. Painting without a primer will require several coats, which can be time consuming and expensive. A primer will provide a paintable surface that will require one or two coats of paint at the most. 



Paint quality is another important factor to consider. Cheap paint has lower performing ingredients and won’t perform as well as a high-quality paint. Ask yourself if you’d rather buy a more expensive paint that will require a few coats or cheaper paint that will require more coats, cheap paint never exhibit the finish you would get from high-quality paint.

Lacquer Finish

Lacquer is a liquid made of shellac dissolved in alcohol, or of synthetic substances, that dries to form a hard protective coating for wood or metal, and is considered the best airless painting finish product for a surface. Lacquer ranges from a clear or colored wood finishes that dry by solvent evaporation or a curing process that produces a hard, durable finish. The painting finish can be of any sheen level from matte too high gloss.

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Here at Spectrum Artwork Paint Inc we treat each and every job as an individual one. Our professional painters use the right tools and the best products available to ensure that we not only make it look great, but we get our painting done right the first time.