How Thick Should Paint Be?
It’s the age-old question, how thick should paint be? We hear it a lot from people starting out on their DIY journeys, so we’re here to answer all your questions on the matter.
With years of experience in the industrial paint industry, we’ve picked up a trick or two on optimum paint thickness for easy application and flawless results. We’ll explain how it should look in the pot, how it should look on the substrate, and how you know if it’s not quite right.
But first, let’s focus on your primer, as this is a crucial step before painting.
How Thick Should Paint Primer Be?
Primer is a vital step in your painting regime. It provides a smooth base for your paint and gives a harder finish for lasting results. Applying primer is a different ball game from applying the top coat, though.
How thick should paint primer be when you first apply it? Well, the surface should have an even layer of coverage, but still expect to see the underlying colour showing through, you may need to apply two coats. It’s a preparatory layer rather than something that looks good.
If you’re still unsure, check the product online for further information. The instructions will tell you the area your primer can cover in square metres, so use this as a guide.
How Thick Should Paint Be?
When your paint is still in the can, it should have a creamy consistency, unless you have purchased a non slip product. It may look different when you first open the lid but use a suitable paint stirrer to mix everything together and check the consistency again. It should flow freely but not run like water or have lumpy globs.
If it looks thick and lumpy, don’t try and paint with it. Paint that’s too viscous can look uneven on your substrate, leading to unsightly dimples and ridges in the finished result. The same applies if your paint is too thin. It can leave drip marks and have an overall uneven finish.
You may be able to save the paint but seek advice first. Industrial paints need different care than household paints, so don’t try and revive them yourself. At BC Paints, our friendly team are on hand to help, so get in touch with us today.
How Thick Should the First Coat of Paint be?
When it’s time to paint, getting the first coat right is an art. But how thick should the first coat of paint be? You want it thick enough to ensure adequate coverage but not so thick that it leaves smears and ridges.
How Thick Should the Second Coat of Paint be?
Many paints require more than one coat to achieve an even finish. Ensure the first coat is thoroughly dry before attempting the second coat, or you could make matters worse.
Apply the second coat with the same coverage as the first, checking the paint is evenly applied and not dripping or forming clumps. You should see the previous brush and roller marks disappearing and blending into an even layer.
When it comes to the question “how thick should paint be?” there isn’t one definitive answer. It depends on the paint you’re using and what it’s made from. In general, check it flows freely and isn’t lumpy before you start painting.
Our highly skilled team has years of experience in industrial painting and is always happy to help. Contact us today for advice on painting or even the best colours for your project.