Looking for a cost effective way to transform your homeâ€™s aesthetic? A fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference in your homeâ€™s appearance, and certain colors can even make a room appear more spacious. Before you begin painting or hire a professional to handle the task, itâ€™s important to understand why primer is a must for any paint job. Here, we share the purpose of primer and offer a few tips to help your paint job last for years to come.
What is Primer?
Primer is designed to create an even canvas to work with. There are several different formulas available, making it possible to prepare any material, from wood to metal. Most primer is white or off-white, but tinted versions are also available. When selecting a primer, we recommend going with a reputable brand such as Sherwin-Williams or Benjamin Moore. Products by these paint manufacturers are well-known for their ability to smooth over imperfections and create a surface that binds to paint.
When to Use Primer
Primer is only necessary when youâ€™re painting a bare surface, such as new drywall, bare wood, metal, or plastic. Itâ€™s usually not needed when youâ€™re touching up a surface thatâ€™s already been painted, but itâ€™s helpful to prime again when youâ€™re aiming to correct smoke or water stains.
Why You Shouldnâ€™t Skip Primer
Itâ€™s a common misconception that a second coat of paint can replace the role of primer. However, this isnâ€™t the case: in fact, skipping the crucial step of priming can have serious negative effects for the paint in the long run. When a good-quality primer isnâ€™t used, the paint will often oxidize, fail to properly bind to the wall, and will be more susceptible to cracking and peeling. If youâ€™re painting a wooden surface, lack of primer leads to unwanted issues like mildew, warping, and water damage.
Tips For Selecting the Right Primer
A properly applied paint job can last for years, especially if you choose a high-quality primer. However, you shouldnâ€™t use just any primer–be sure to take the material that youâ€™re painting into consideration, as well as the paint formula that youâ€™re using. For example, oil-based primer works best for exterior projects, and we like the Benjamin Moore primer for outdoor use. For interior projects, acrylic primersÂ are generally a safe choice.
Priming is an essential step if you want to ensure that your paint job will withstand the test of time. Both interior and exterior painting projects require time, patience, and a skilled hand. If youâ€™d like to bypass the hard work and let professionals handle the process, our team can help. Weâ€™ve provided Boulder homeowners with excellent results for 40 years, and weâ€™re confident that youâ€™ll love your homeâ€™s makeover. We begin each project with a free color consultation, so please get in touch with our teamÂ when youâ€™re ready to find the perfect color(s) for your home or office.