To achieve the intended best results, a lot of paint products used as topcoat will require you to apply not just one but often several layers of paint—often two or three coats. Here we discuss some of the basics every DIYer needs to know about recoating.

Number of Coats and Recoat Time

When it comes to recoating, there are two important things to take note of: the number of coats and recoat time. The number of coats refers to how many layers of a paint product you need to apply to the surface. And, recoat time is how long you need to wait between recoats.

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So, why would you need more than one coat of the same paint product anyway? More than one layer of a topcoat is recommended to help ensure a smooth finish and good hiding, meaning that whatever is underneath your topcoat doesn’t show through. More than one coat gives you full opacity and an even color on the entire surface—no spots that are lighter than the rest.

Then there’s also the matter of recoat time. Why wait in between coats? The paint needs enough time to dry before another layer can be applied on top of it. Otherwise, you encounter problems (more on this later) that could’ve easily been avoided with a little patience.

Following Recommendations

There’s no need for guesswork when it comes to knowing the number of coats and recoat time of a paint product. Painting recommendations and instructions, which include info on recoating, are found in the packaging label of Boysen products. They’re also available in the Boysen app and Boysen website, (Tip: Use the search function to easily find a product.)

You’ll find the number of coats under the Painting Schedule section. For Virtuoso Silk Touch as topcoat, for example, the painting schedule indicates that you’ll need to apply two coats.

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You’ll find recoat time in the Technical Data section under Dry Time. Note that “recoat dry time” and “touch dry time” differ. Meaning, that although the painted surface may already feel dry to the touch, it may not yet be ready for a recoat.

Unlike the number of coats which are typically either two or three, recoat time can vary greatly from product to product. Virtuoso Silk Touch has a recoat time of 2 hours, for example, while Boysen Quick Drying Enamel has a recoat time of 8 to 12 hours—much longer. If you want to learn why this is and the factors that affect the drying time of paint, head here: Paint Taking Longer to Dry? 5 Possible Reasons Why.

Recoating Too Soon

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Sometimes, you just want a project done as quickly as possible. Recoating sooner than what’s recommended, however, is not a shortcut you want to take. Per Boysen experts, it will lead you to paint problems such as unsightly brush/roller marks and peeling paint.

When you recoat sooner than instructed, you apply a layer of paint over one that’s not yet fully dried. Doing so mixes the “old” coat with the “new” coat which results in a tacky (malagkit in Filipino) finish where brush/roller marks are easily seen. You can say goodbye to a smooth and beautifully painted surface.

You might also get a loss of adhesion and run the risk of peeling paint. Again, it’s because the first coat has not had the time to dry and set, and already you’re applying a second coat on top of it. Such a waste of effort!

The takeaway? Patience is key. Follow recoat times and the number of coats shown in the packaging label and you’re one step closer to a successful paint job.

If you have any questions or inquiries about Boysen products, send an email to You can also call the Boysen Technical Service Department at (02) 8363-9738 local 413 to 418 during office hours for a one-on-one consultation.


Jill is a writer on a continuous journey to learn about paint and share them with you, the reader. She has an interest in the technical side of things but also thoroughly enjoys playing with colors. She likes calm greens, quiet blues, and mellow yellows best.

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