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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.



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


Paint and Primer: Myth vs Reality.


Not a day goes by anymore that I am not asked for “paint with primer inside of the can.” The answer to this question is a lot more complicated than the “big box” stores would like you to think. What people are looking for is one tool that will do it all much like the trusty Swiss Army knife. The problem with the paint and primer in one label is that not all primers are created equal. We carry primers to seal dry wall, seal wood, block stains, block odor, fill porous block, stick to glossy surfaces, etc. Some primers can do more than one of these things but color blocking is about all you can expect from multiple coats of any top coat. If you read the fine print on the paint and primer combos most of them will only cover previously painted surfaces in good condition. These are cases where good quality paint will already do a great job. When running into anything more complicated you are still going to need a separate primer designed for your specific situation.

Paint and primer in one is not entirely a marketing gimmick because these new paints cover better to hide an old color in less coats compared to the same companies previous products. The main thing to know is that by using high quality paint like Miller Paint or Devine you will get very similar results to paints that are advertising paint and primer in one.


Jason S. – Kearney Location