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Question DetailsAsked on 10/29/2017

Three coats for interior paint ? Benjamin Moore Regal Select

The walls were already painted white by the builder. Most of the areas my paint contractor did in two coats . When I pointed out one wall where it just looks like he missed a spot , there is a long streak . He is now trying to convince me to do a third coat. I'm using Benjamin Moore Regal Select ( which I purchased and supplied ). This paint has a pretty high amount of solids . I feel like he is trying to con me.

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Welcome to the world of Benjamin Moore paint (and Behr and Ralph Polo Lauren / Glidden, in my experience) - they tend to lift and pull upon application - I have seen properly prepared walls be rolled, then a few to 30 seconds later the paint just peels back, leaving exposed areas. And even if that does not happen, commonly if they are gouged a bit (even after fully cured) they tend to strip off in large strips, leaving bare surface underneath.

Those brands seem to have an oil or something which prevents them from sticking well to anything but a true flat primer.

If there are places he just missed a bit or it wass a bit thin, he should just go back over those with a normally loaded roller or brush (I use brush for small areas), then over the area around it with a "dry" roller - one with most of the paint wrung out - this blends the added repair into the surrounding area.

Skips and thin spots liek that can be due to the paint (which would be my first suspicion with that brand if it was on multiple surfaces), but can also be due to improper prep (no scrubbing with TSP, no light sanding on semi-gloss and glossier undercoats), or with latex over oil paint. Generally, if just local skips or thin spots that is a prep problem (common near doors where hand oil gets on the walls), general issues on multiple walls may be lack of prep or the paint - either the paint itself having problems, or incompatibility with the underlying paint.

Unfortunately, becauseYOU bought and provided the paint, that gives him the opportunity to blame the paint as the cause, whereas if you ahd selected one HE offered you he would not have that out. You may have am argument on your hands.

If this is just one spot on one wall, should not be an issue - he should just overcoat it - should not have to be the entire wall if this paint has been on only a week or so so is not dirty yet. It is VERY common for a normal painter to have at least a spot or two that needs rework. My preference when painting is to check all surfaces with a BRIGHT (300W) halogen work light from several angles to check for thin spots or skips - but most painters do not do this check,, so it is pretty common for light coverage areas to show up in certain lighting conditions - sometimes oblique lighting from a lamp or door, sometimes in sunlight through a window, etc.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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