We have contractors painting the exterior of our house. The primer is
on and they have begun putting on the final coat of the trim. The day
they put the trim on, they were here only 2-3 hrs. They claimed they
put 2 coats of paint on within that time frame. The can states to allow
4 hrs drying time between each coat. The painter stated that since it
was 90 degrees that day, the paint dryed quickly. Personally, it was 78
degrees that day. We are sure of this because we have been closely
watching the temperature. I want to make sure the preparation and
painting is done properly. Is it common practice and is it still
acceptable to put paint on so soon after the first coat? The last time
we had the house painted we were burned big time.
Painting in the sun or a hot surface is a big No, just read any exterior
paint can instruction.
So I guess you were not home, Its hard to say, how many guys worked,
how much trim.
For proof Sherwin Williams will send a sample wood piece to their lab
and measure milimeter build thickness, it might cost you, and you have
to say is SW paint. But 3 hrs on a house, 2 coats?
Sure fire way to end up with blistering and peeling because the paints
dries on the surface without allowing evap of solvent beneath. Should
never paint in hot sun for that reason. Instructions on paint labels
are usually there for a good reason.
If you still have the paint, you could always take a scrap peice, do
the same procedure and see if they look the same.
Also, if you're concerned, I'd just approach the painter, and ask him
to sign off on the 2nd coat and that he'll warranty the work for the
length of time the paint says (within reason). Really, I think if you
were that concerned about their trust, you should have hung around and
checked, but you can't unscramble eggs, now.
unfortunately the monday morning quarterback is not the coach who was
on the job. even if you had work phase movies from the security cameras
you wouldn't see enough detail to determine if each helper was properly
applying the paint. when you must choose between vacation time for
vacations and vacation time for home repairs, sometimes it's easier to
paint one side of the house each year on your weekends and take the
fifth year off. perhaps an expert can determine whether your home has
a particular coat of paint or just a coat of "oops we missed that
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