March 4, 2021

How Long Does Paint Job Last?

How Long Does Paint Job Last?

Everyone wants to know how long does paint last when they’ve just had fresh renovation work performed, but the answer depends on a lot of factors. Paint lifespan can be pretty amazing, but in homes and properties with high foot traffic, or great exposure to sunlight, you might require retouching and repainting more quickly than you thought.

At Oahu Pro Painters, we have years of experience helping homeowners and businesses renovate properties, and we know how to make the most of a great quality paint job. We also think it’s important for you to be informed, so in this piece, we’ll explore the most significant variables when it comes to interior and exterior paint lifespan.

Things to Consider

If you’re wondering, “how long does paint last?”, you should also be thinking about whether paintwork is interior or exterior. Even a high-quality paint job will eventually need refreshing, but there are different considerations relating to paint lifespan indoors and outdoors. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Internal Factors

Conditions relating to the paint, application, and state of your walls will mostly determine how long interior paint lasts. Environmental conditions absolutely play a role in how often you need to retouch your paintwork, but significantly less so than on exterior paint jobs.

If the conditions are right, your indoor paintwork could last between five and ten years.

Paint Quality and Type

The type and quality of paint you use have a huge impact on how long your paint job looks good. For those looking for a long-lasting finish, water-based paints are durable and safe. They’re perfect for home conditions, too, but be sure to avoid budget brands.

Budget paint brands, in order to meet a lower cost, are forced to miss out certain key ingredients in the paint making that make the product less durable and more likely to fade, peel, and chip in the years ahead. It ends up costing you more to perform regular touch-ups, and often requires a total repaint to fix the problem.

Oil-based paints are also extremely durable, but may not be ideal for all conditions and are subject to strict regulations in some states.


Color has a huge impact on your paintwork’s durability in an indoor environment, too. Lighter colors will more easily show marks, scuffs, and dings in your paintwork.

color paint

And while a dark color might feel like the obvious alternative to avoid more frequent repainting, you’ll then face the problem of colors fading more quickly. That’s particularly true in places like Hawaii where the sun shines and fills any room with even a small window.

Right Primer

You should never skip the priming stage! A good quality primer will prepare the wall for paint and help it stick. Without primer, your first layer of paint may simply be absorbed by the plaster or wood, and the second layer of paint won’t look as bold as it should.

If you’re using acrylic latex paint, choose either an oil-based or water-based primer before you start painting. If you’re using oil-based paint, remember to use an oil-based primer, too.

With a solid foundation, your paint will be well prepared to last for years without peeling or flaking.

Surface Condition

Primer isn’t the only variable when it comes to surface conditions. Whether you’re painting a wall or wooden features in a building, the surface you’re painting will need to be properly cleaned and prepared before applying paint. Failure to do this could result in trapping moisture and dirt beneath the paint, leading to a higher likelihood of chipping and peeling.

Take the tape to sand, scrape, clean, and then prime the surface before painting, and you’ll maximize the paint lifespan.

Environmental Conditions

Indoor paintwork is more susceptible to direct damage from scuffing, particularly if you have children or young people in your home. If you own a business, the sheer amount of foot traffic that can come through your commercial building means your paintwork is likely to be scuffed or mark fairly frequently.

Repeated abrasions and knocks can mean that your paintwork lasts significantly less than the five to ten years you might expect for an interior paint job.

External Factors

External paintwork can also last between five and ten years, though it depends on the work being done to a high standard, high-quality paint and tools being used, and the weather conditions being right.

These are the two main external factors to consider when wondering “how long does a paint job last?” for exterior panels.

Painted house exterior.


While exterior paint is specifically formulated to handle outdoor conditions, it is going to fade over time. Direct sunlight will eventually fade the pigment in the paint, and when the weather is more, the paint is more susceptible to cracking and peeling.

On stucco and fascia surfaces, you can expect a quality paint job to last as long as ten years. But it requires good quality paint and professionals to ensure that the conditions are right. And you should always avoid budget paint.

On wood surfaces, you should expect that lifespan to be reduced slightly. The absorbent nature of the wood means that paint can last between five and seven years, but this may also require some maintenance over the years, too.

When it comes to moisture, you should remember that even the slightest chip in your paintwork will open up the whole paint job to peeling and cracking. As soon as dirt or water seeps in underneath the paint, the whole paint job is at risk…which is another reason why it is always wise to get professional local painters to perform the work. Oahu Pro Painters can help you with that!

Painting Process Conditions

The painting conditions will play a huge role in how long your paintwork lasts, and that includes weather conditions, the expertise and skills of your painters, and the tools that they use.

painting process

On the issue of weather conditions, you should always avoid painting in the rain or even shortly after rain. It’s advised to wait at least 24 hours after rainfall to paint an exterior surface, which ensures you don’t trap moisture between the paint. And be sure to find a day when no further rain is expected so your paint has a good chance to dry.

With regards to tools, professional painters will have the equipment required to apply the pain evenly and professionally, whether that involves the use of spray tools or high-quality brushes that don’t leave behind hairs and fibers in your paintwork.

And with a team of professionals, you can use their years of experience and knowledge to ensure that the whole project goes off without a hitch.

Using the right tools and team will ensure your exterior paintwork lasts as close to that ten-year mark as possible!


Ready for a paint job that leaves your home or business looking great for years?

Oahu Pro Painters utilizes the talent of local painting professionals in your part of Hawaii. With years of experience, color consultants and specialists, and access to all the right tools and great quality paint, we always do a fantastic job.

For a free quote or consultation, call your local Oahu Pro Painters team today at 808-468-5604!

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How Long Does Paint Job Last?
Written By:
Karl Van Zadnt

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