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How Long Should a Residential Paint Job Last?

Posted on Dec 26, 2022 9:00:00 AM by Eric Dokey

Shutterstock_1391444306Updating your home can be accomplished quickly with a fresh coat of paint. The right color can make any space open up and feel like a whole new room simply by applying a new color to the walls. In the same way, an exterior paint job can make your home really pop with some newly added curb appeal. But once you achieve the new look for your home that you want, knowing how long the fresh paint will last before having to pick a new paint color again is usually the next thing on a homeowner’s mind. While so many factors like weather conditions, care, and the type of paint applied can make a difference in how long it lasts, you can usually predict how much time there will be between fresh coats of paint.


A good interior paint job can last up to ten years depending on a few factors like:

  • The quality of the paint: A good water based paint will stick to the well prepared and primed wall and smoothly cover it.
  • Regular dusting and cleaning: Wiping down walls on a regular basis with a soft sponge or microfiber cloth, especially in high traffic areas where people walk close to the wall, will clear away dirt, dust, and oil build up that can make the walls look old and dirty. Wiping down doorways and trim makes a huge difference in the life of a paint job, as well as areas in the kitchen where food may splatter often.
  • The color of the paint: Picking the right color for a room is important. In addition to being a color you like, you want to think about things like how a light color will show scuffs and marks easier than a darker color. But some vibrant colors will also fade over time, especially if there is a heavy amount of sunshine coming in through the windows. Consider the room you are painting for high traffic and sun exposure before picking the perfect shade.


A good, quality exterior paint job can last up to seven years if maintained well. A few ways to make the paint last is by:

  • Keeping trees and shrubs from touching the painted surfaces. Though vines across the face of a house can be quite charming, they are damaging not only the paint job, but the exterior in general. Branches scraping across a painted surface will also create marks and even scratches on your home.
  • Be careful with power washing your home. Though your house may need a good washing, unless your home has vinyl siding, power washing can actually take the paint off of your home and even cause damage.
  • Choose a high quality paint.
  • Paint in ideal weather so that no weather related issue occur with the paint job,

Get the most out of your home’s paintwork by hiring an experienced, qualified painting company that is known for doing a stellar job every time. In the Fremont area, give D&D Painting a call today!

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