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What Is Paint Primer?

When going through a renovation of any size, it can be tempting to cut corners in order to get the project done faster or cheaper. There are many available shortcuts that can end in a good product. Unfortunately, there are also some shortcuts that can end in your project looking a bit like a DIY fail. Paint primer is one of those items that you want to look heavily into before skipping it on your next painting project. Knowing that it does cost you more money and time, it is also important to know why it is critical to many painting projects. Read on as we explore how paint primers can take your next project to the next level.

Before we can talk about when and why to use a paint primer, let’s discuss the basics: what exactly is a paint primer? Primer is a “base coat that can help treat a surface before applying a topcoat.” Many primers are followed by colored paint, which requires a primer to help the adhesion of the color being applied. Primer acts as a sealant for surfaces that potentially have “holes” or “pores” in them so that the coats that follow do not just bleed into the wall.

When Should I Use a Paint Primer?

Knowing when to use a paint primer isn’t exactly a science, but more of an art form. Primer is best used in situations such as the following:

  • When walls have been fixed or patched a good deal
  • When painting a water-dense area, such as a bathroom
  • When you are switching from a darker color to a much lighter one
  • When attempting to paint unfinished wood

How Do I Use a Paint Primer?

Using a paint primer is a pretty straightforward thing. It goes on just like regular paint, just is before the paint itself. Similar to paint, you’ll want to ensure the primer covers the entire wall so that your following coats also go on evenly and appear consistent across the wall. The most difficult part of using a primer is probably determining the number of coats. The number of coats depends on the conditions mentioned above. For example, if you’re switching from black to yellow, you might want to apply two coats. Most simple transitions from color to color of the same material will be alright with just one coat.

What About Combination Paint Primers?

Many paint manufacturers offer a combination of paint and primer. This can save you both time and money! This is often a good option, especially if your changes are not drastic. A painting professional can help determine if this is the right move for you and if it will work for your project.

Wet Paint LLC Can Help

Wet Paint LLC is the leading painting contractor in Scottsdale, Arizona. For over five years, we have served our community by beautifying one home at a time. We offer a variety of services ranging from residential painting to flooring coatings to exterior painting. Our clients know that their finished product will be something they can be proud of. Should you choose to work with us, we will always ensure your satisfaction with our work. The extra mile is the Wet Paint LLC difference.

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If you’ve been looking for a group of professionals to help guide you in your journey of painting, look no further. We would love to be able to help you with your next project. To learn more about us or to get a free no-obligation estimate, call us at (480) 439-2467. We look forward to having the opportunity to work with you!

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