We always hear about how using a primer before painting is the way to go, but why is this? Let’s explore into why primers are important.
What is a Primer?
A primer is an undercoat that you paint onto materials, before you actually use real pigmented paint. Typically a white color, this allows you to paint whatever color you want, without running the risk of the underneath color peeking through. This can increase the durability of the paint, as well as having many other additional benefits.
What are the Benefits of Using a Primer?
Primer can first and foremost allow your paint to dry properly. The color will not be blotchy, uneven or have lumps. Having lumps or uneven color can look very unprofessional, but utilizing an undercoat can solve this problem. On a similar note, a primer can better the adhesion of the paint to the material. This means increased durability, as well as a better aesthetic look. This allows for the paint to be more well protected, and allows it to last longer. Because the paint will last longer, that also means less money and time, you, as the customer, has to spend towards painting. Alongside this, a primer can block stains on the materials in the long term, which is a big deal, as you want your walls, stairs, etc. to look the best they can over time. Lastly, using a primer can make paint colors look richer, as the pigment is not absorbed into the wall, as it would be without a primer.
When Do you Need a Primer?
Here are the times when using a primer is essential:
- The Surface is Bare or New
- There is already a Skim Coating on Drywall
- Surface already has a Glossy Coat
- Making the Change of Color from Dark to Light
- If you aren’t sure
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