how many layers can you put on exterior of house?

cottagecindyJune 21, 2012

ok, the old (million years old) paint was stripped, lead and all... new primer and one coat went up. (dark green) I hate it. I don't even want to hang outside- small yard. so can I repaint it or do I have to strip off the new paint?

am I crazy???? thanks for your help.

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Lori A. Sawaya

Hey, it happens. No need to strip off new paint. It's not a big deal if you're in the "its' just paint" camp.

I actually detest that lil tidbit of *color wisdom* - because it's not just paint. It's effort, time, money and not-just-a-stroll-in-the-park labor.

But in the right context "it's just paint" is not a completely stupid pov.

Like in your case.

The dark green really is just one coat. Don't look at it as a color misstep. Instead, it's an undercoat. One more layer in the process of wickedly proper prep that's all going to add up to a beautiful final finish that will last for years and years.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 12:26PM
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thanks. I'm talking in the home decorating forum too. I think I am in a panic mode and the color isn't "that" bad. It is just so different from before and I have never ever been able to change or even choose a color.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 4:22PM
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Lori A. Sawaya

Yeah, saw that. I think it's gorgeous and perfectly suited to the style. No red door, tho. Just about any other color.

Lavender or yellow would be fun. A bright lime or even orange.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 8:15PM
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If you just stripped it and are now applying the first coat/color there is no need to worry yourself. Properly done the house can hold more layers than you will put on in your tenure of ownership.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 9:05PM
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