When Is It Okay to Use Paint-and-Primer-in-One on Interior Walls?
Paint has come a long way since the days when humans first figured out how to make it. But it has yet to come far enough to ensure that the stuff in a can labeled “paint” will perfectly cover every surface in every condition and look good at that time and for years after. This is why humans at one point down the line invented primer.
Paint and primer are only related in how they look. How they work is totally different. Primer is designed to provide a surface to which paint can easily adhere. It seals small holes and cracks in a surface that can negatively affect a paint job. It also blocks stains that can’t be removed by standard methods.
One question homeowners often have is, When is it okay to use paint-and-primer-in-one on interior walls? Here is the answer.
Use paint-and-primer products on some previously painted walls
If you’re painting over drywall that already has been painted, paint-and-primer combo products often will work well. But note that you’ll get better results the closer you stay to the original shade. If you have dark red walls and want to paint them white, there’s no paint-and-primer product that will give you satisfying results with a single paint coat.
Dark colors will almost certainly bleed through a combo product, whereas if you apply a standard primer, you’ll seal off the original color and the new color will end up being the color it’s supposed to be.
For most other applications, it’s always best to apply a quality primer before painting, the way professional painters do.
Avoid extra coats
You may have had the experience of painting a wall with just paint, and then having to paint it again because the previous color or surface imperfections show up. And then even after the second coat, it doesn’t look right, so you paint it again. This is tedious and unnecessary and can be avoided by properly priming your surfaces prior to applying paint.
It’s important to remember that choosing to not use a primer doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll save time and reduce your steps. Sometimes it means you’ll actually add more work to the job as you paint over and over until there’s so much paint on the walls nothing could bleed through. Save yourself time and cost by starting most interior paint jobs with a good primer.
When painting unpainted walls
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because a wall is new and unpainted it doesn’t need to be primed. Drywall is porous and will drink up paint, causing a finish that’s blotchy and uneven-looking. Primer adheres strongly to new walls and provides a surface that’s smooth and consistent for the finish paint.
If you’re unsure if your project is appropriate for paint-and-primer-in-one products, ask your paint store salesperson before you start work. If you want a professional job with a guarantee of an excellent finished product, contact Franklin Painting.
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