One coat paint: Does it really work?

one coat paint

One coat paint sounds like the DIY painter’s dream – a paint so thick, so vibrant that one coat results in a bright, even, true-to-colour finish. But can this cheat’s paint really achieve the flawless effect of two or more coats?

In our opinion, no. One coat paint really is too good to be true. Let’s investigate why we believe that you should always apply at least two coats of paint.

Why you should forget one coat paint and apply a second coat

Do I really have to use two coats of paint?


Shortcuts aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be. Here’s why you should opt for a second coat of paint.

Your finished paint job will look better

Plain and simple. Two or more coats of paint offers a rich, smooth, and even finish that one coat of paint just cannot mimic. Sure, some paint formulas are a little thicker than others, but that doesn’t mean they can deliver your desired effect.

What’s more, don’t assume that one coat will cut it when painting with a darker colour. This just isn’t true. Deeper and darker hues – including browns and on-trend jewel tones – often have less body than lighter colours. One coat can look patchy or streaky. To get that lush, show-stopping colour pay-off, you’ll need to commit to at least two coats.

Your surfaces will be better protected

It’s not all about the overall look – applying two coats of paint has practical benefits, too. One coat of paint just won’t stand up to daily wear and tear as well as two coats.

Plus, an interior or exterior wall with two coats of paint will be significantly easier to clean.

You can choose any colour you want

dark feature wall

If you’re not overly fussed by the finish of your walls, you might get away with one coat paint if you’ve chosen a colour similar to the existing paint. For example, you can try doing one coat of soft beige or biscuit over a white wall.

If you’re transforming that dated purple feature wall with a fresh and clean white, forget aiming for one coat of paint. When painting a light colour over a dark colour, you’ll need two, three, or more coats of paint. Be sure to use a top-quality primer, too.

Sound like too much work?

There’s no getting around it, no miracle product, and no sure-fire shortcut. Painting can be hard work. If you’d prefer to leave the hard work to us, get in touch. We’d be more than happy to help you transform your space. Contact our friendly team for a quote on 07 3829 5735

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