How to Apply Two Coats of Paint at the Same Time


Most paint professionals will tell you that you will get the best results with painting when you apply at least two coats over a primer. This process can be painstaking and requires a great deal of concentration and preparation. If you have prepared the wall or walls thoroughly, you will get better results than if you simply start painting. Although painting two coats of paint separately is the norm, painting two coats of paint at the same time requires saturating the walls without causing drips or runs in the paint.

Things You'll Need

  • Painter's tape
  • Tarps
  • Pole sander
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Dust mask
  • Wet-dry vac
  • Soap and water
  • Towels
  • Paint rollers and paintbrushes
  • Paint tray
  • Tinted primer
  • Paint
  • Put on the dust mask. Sand the walls with a pole sander and 120-grit sandpaper. Change the sandpaper when it clogs with grit.

  • Vacuum the walls with the wet-dry vac. Wet a towel and wipe down the walls, using soap and water to remove any stains or spots. Dry the walls or wait for them to dry.

  • Remove electrical face plates and tape over outlets and switches.

  • Paint the room first with a tinted primer. Use an angled trim brush to paint around trim and along the ceiling. Use a roller to paint the walls. Be sure to fully cover the walls. Wait for the primer to dry.

  • Repeat steps 1 and 2.

  • Paint the walls with the paint color. Take care to saturate the walls fully with the paint, but be sure that you don't have any drips or runs. Cover one wall fully, then return again to the start of that wall and complete the second coat.

  • Repeat step 6 until all walls are completed. Wait overnight.

  • Examine the walls for any areas that were not thoroughly covered and fill in the gaps.

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