3 simple steps to one-coat coverage 3 simple steps to one-coat coverage

You’re busy—we get it. You don’t have time to wait for hours between coats. That’s why Dutch Boy® offers hundreds of beautiful one-coat colors. With premium Dutch Boy® paint, trusted professional tools from Purdy®, and a little bit of know-how, you can achieve one-coat coverage in just three easy steps.

Find your favorite one-coat colors Find your favorite one-coat colors

Dutch Boy® offers hundreds of tested colors with proven one-coat coverage. Use the Color Visualizer to experiment with color, and then bring home color samples of a few favorites.

When testing your color, make sure to use a wall that receives a variety of different light throughout the day for the truest test of color.

Find your favorite one-coat colors

Use the Color Visualizer to experience the full one-coat color palette.

Select your room scene and explore over 800 one-coat color favorites for your interior and exterior projects.

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Wall: Wales Gray 436-1DB; Sample 1: Rubberband Tan 318-3DB; Sample 2: Cattails 427-5DB; Sample 3: Blue Laguna 432-5DB
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Find your favorite one-coat colors

Use the Color Visualizer to experience the full one-coat color palette.

Select your room scene and explore over 800 one-coat color favorites for your interior and exterior projects.

Use Color Visualizer
Step 2 - use premium products Step 2 - use premium products

Use premium paints from Dutch Boy®, together with the finest Purdy® professional applicators, to achieve remarkable one-coat hide results.

Platinum® Plus and Maxbond® paints, our top-of-the-line paints, offer the best coverage and proven one-coat hide.

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Platinum® Plus
Interior Paint + Primer

  • Advanced Stain-Shield Technology
  • Superior Washability and Scrubbability
  • Extreme Hide and Stain Blocking
  • GREENGUARD® Gold Certification
  • Available in flat, eggshell, satin, and semi‑gloss
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Maxbond®
Exterior Paint + Primer

  • Extreme-Adhesion Technology
  • Adheres to Chalky, Dirty, or Glossy Surfaces
  • Anti-Fade, Stay-Clean, Dirt-Repellent Finish
  • Provides Mildew-Resistant Coating
  • Available in flat, satin and semi-gloss

Selecting your sheen

Flat

A washable paint that has no shine so it minimizes surface imperfections. Best used in low-traffic areas.

Eggshell

A washable, durable paint with a subtle sheen that helps hide surface imperfections. Best for low-to-moderate-traffic areas.

Satin

A scrubbable, durable paint that adds durability without the shine. Best for moderate-to-high-traffic areas.

Semi-Gloss

A scrubbable, stain-resistant paint with outstanding durability and shine. Best for high-traffic areas.

Gloss

A maximum-durability, stain-resistant paint with outstanding scrubbability and shine. Best for high-traffic areas such as trim and cabinets, and areas that need maximum moisture resistance.

Step 3 - apply with confidence Step 3 - apply with confidence

While using premium products from Dutch Boy® and Purdy® brands is essential for achieving one-coat coverage, completing this final step is just as important. Mastering our application technique will not only save you valuable time—it will also leave your walls beautifully transformed.

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1. Prep the Walls

Scrape & Patch

Start out by scraping off any peeling paint, and then patch any holes or cracks.

Sand

Once the patches are dry, use medium-grit sandpaper to smooth and level the painting surface. Lightly sand any glossy surfaces to dull.

Clean

You may need to wipe clean the whole surface, not just the sanded area, to remove any dirt and dust. Be sure to rinse thoroughly before you start to paint. Your final surface should be clean, dull, and dry.

Tape

Use painter’s tape around trim, windows, and doors. Be sure to press the tape down firmly to prevent any paint from bleeding under the edge.

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2. Cutting In

First, use an angled brush to paint along the taped edges. If there is a lot of cutting in required, paint only a section of the wall at a time to avoid lap marks.

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3. Let’s Roll

Twist-and-Pour® paint cans from Dutch Boy® come with a built-in spout that makes pouring easy and mess-free. Roll a good amount of paint onto the roller, and then roll as close to the edges as possible to blend in where you’ve cut in.

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4. Master the Technique

Roll out a 3 × 3 foot section with your roller loaded with paint. Within the square, apply the paint in the shape of an “N.” Fill in the center of the N with horizontal strokes, then lightly smooth with vertical strokes, staying within the 3-foot square.

Repeat the N pattern in the next 3-foot square below the first, working from top to bottom.

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5. Remove Tape

When the wall is finished, remove the tape while the paint is still damp. This will reduce the possibility of lifting off the fresh paint with the tape.

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6. Enjoy!

Make sure your walls are dry before moving furniture back against the painted surface (we recommend 10 hours).

All that’s left to do is kick back and admire your new room, transformed by Dutch Boy® paints and Purdy® applicators in just one coat.

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