Adding a new paint color to your walls can have a transformational effect on your space—that is, if it’s done right. However, some aspirational DIY-ers find themselves frustrated when their selected paint color didn’t cover their walls correctly. So before adding another coat of paint and crossing your fingers, you may need to backtrack and start with one of the biggest painting essentials: primer. Here’s why it’s a must for your painting project.
Cover Up Previous Color
Every artist starts with a blank canvas—and the same should go for wall paint as well! If you paint over another paint color, you run the risk of the finished product not being true to sample or even the new paint peeling off (especially if you’re painting latex over an oil-based paint). So, it’s good painting practice to start with your walls clean and bare with a coat of primer so that you can achieve the vibrant color you envisioned for your space.
Painting Over Wood
Wood paneling not your style? Not a problem! You can reinvent your space with a stylish color. But, before you start taking a brush to the wall, you first need to apply primer. Wood paneling, or any previously dark-toned wall, needs at least two coats of primer before painting. This way the wood grains do not show up (unwelcomed) through your new color.
If the walls are looking a tad dingy, a coat of primer before painting should do the trick! Primer will help cover up any grease, blemishes or mess that has built up on your walls over the years. However, if you choose not to use primer when your walls are not in the best condition, you may end up having those blemishes peeking through the new paint color.
You are Painting on New Drywall
If you’re working on a DIY project like putting up drywall, before adding the finishing touches painting the perfect color, you first need to prep the new standing walls with primer. New drywall is often porous and can soak up paint with ease compared to a seasoned wall. If you apply paint directly to the new drywall, your end color will be way off from the sample. Primer can prevent this, but you may want to add two coats for primer instead of one as an added precaution.
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