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What a difference a shade makes


Have you ever wondered why that red accent wall just doesn’t quite cover in one or two coats? Many of the colorants used to make dark reds, blues or purples; and bright colors such as yellows, oranges, and greens, contain translucent pigments. Light will reflect right through these coatings to the primer or previous coating underneath and the coating will not appear uniform until enough topcoats are applied to match this reflectance. Sometimes, that can mean three, four or even five coats of your accent color.

Miller Paint has a series of gray primers that are specifically designed to match the reflectance value of your accent color. What this means is that you can achieve a more uniform appearance and the correct color in two coats as opposed to many headache filled coats.

One main thing to remember with dark or bright accent colors is that because of the amount of pigments added to the paint, the dry time will be considerably longer than other colors. A good idea is to use two light coats instead of trying to apply one heavy coat. This will help with the dry time and allow you to finish your project sooner.

So next time you’re picking out that accent color to make your room stand out, be sure to ask your Miller Paint sales associate if your project could benefit from using a gray primer. While it may seem like an extra step, it could save you two or three coats in the end.

~ Alex @ Tigard Miller Paint


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