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The Second Coat
The second coat is next brushed on in similar manner to the first. When this is dry and hard, the surfaces are again lightly sandpapered and dusted, and the final coat is applied.
It is imperative in all painting operations, and particularly on interior work where a relatively high degree of finish is required, that ample time should be allowed for each coat to harden before the next is applied. Paint dries by oxidization, and, although it may be dry to the touch, it by no means follows that it is hard right through its thickness.
If then, we apply one coat on the top of another before the first has thoroughly hardened, we are imprisoning certain volatile elements which ought to dry out, and this will cause the whole thickness of the paint to remain soft, which is fatal to good workmanship.