To Prime Or Not To Prime?

To Prime Or Not To Prime?

Priming walls might seem like an unnecessary step in the painting process, but it is the key in having the most professional and longest lasting finish possible. 

What does primer actually do? 

  • Primer is the base coat to your walls, it lays the foundation for any paint job after it. 
  • Covers imperfections in your wall that may need repairs
  • Blocks and seals stains so it does not bleed through your newly painted wall
  • It provides a consistent surface for your paint to stick to. The better the adhesion to the substrate, the better your final finish is going to be and the longer it will last. 
  • Conceals any previous colors on your wall so your new color shines!

When should I use a primer?

Our eggshell and matte finish paint has primer in it already. However there are a few circumstances when you should use additional primer. 

  • If your room has pesky stains that you need to block from peeking through. 
  • When painting porous surfaces like new drywall or unfinished wood. 
  • Changing colors from dark to very light. 
  • Switching from a high sheen to a lower sheen. When switching from a gloss or semi-gloss finish, you need the primer in this step specifically to help with adhesion. Better adhesion = a long lasting finish! 

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