How to Properly Prime Before You Paint

Using Primer is Not as Simple as Just Using Primer

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Why Tinting Primer Saves You Time and Money

So here is a quick example of a common mistake often made when first starting to paint. I had to learn it almost 9 years ago. Covering light paint with a new dark paint can be difficult. Priming seems like the obvious first step but the color of the primer is very important. White primer is the way it is sold in the can, but you can have it tinted close to the final color. 

Here's What Happened to Me

On the first day of a small job, I was scheduled to paint a bedroom and change the wall color from white to dark brown. When I say dark brown I mean a deep dark chocolate brown. I knew because the walls were semi-gloss I knew I needed to prime to get the best coverage. I applied the primer, which was white to prep the walls. After that dried, I painted the dark brown wall color. The coverage does not absolutely need to be solid with the first coat without small speckles of undercoat showing through, so I wasn't worried.

Well, the following day I applied the second coat of dark brown paint. But, after I painted all the way around the room back to the starting point, I noticed it had already started drying and I again noticed little white speckles.

Frustrated, I quickly applied coat three of dark brown paint. It covered a little better but I still noticed little white spots. It actually took four coats of paint before it looked like nice solid finished walls.

The Takeaway

An easy way to be sure you only need to apply two coats of paint is to tint the primer before applying it to the wall. It seems so simple, and it is. When you have the paint tinted for your next project, take a minute to have the primer tinted.

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