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Covering Dark Colors

Now is the perfect time to turn your attention to some interior painting projects. Whether you are trying to sell your house or just want to freshen it up, a new coat of paint can work wonders! To make your painting job go even faster and ensure a fabulous end result, it’s important to spend a little time researching the best primer for your job.

All-in-one paint and primers
There are many all-in-one “paint and primer” products available today. While these products work well in some situations, there are some instances when you should spend the extra time priming and painting separately. Glossy and slick surfaces, areas that have undergone extensive repair, and even when making drastic color changes are a few of the instances when you should consider the use of a specialty primer. You can always consult your local paint professional to see if the all-in-one option is a good one for you.

White primer
Taking the time to prime your walls first can actually save time by helping the finish coat develop its optimal color quicker and in fewer coats. If you’ve chosen an off-white or light paint color a regular white primer should work just fine.

Gray or tinted primer
If you’ve chosen a rich, dark color it is a good idea to work with your local paint store to get your primer tinted to be close to your final paint color as you can. Because tinted primers contain less white pigment, it helps decrease the contrast between the primer and paint color which means the paint covers better with less coats. Gray primer is also a good option for rich colors, especially red.

Picking the right primer will help ensure the perfect paint job!


~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.