How to Prime Walls for Painting

How to Prime Walls for Painting


How to Prime Walls for Painting. If it’s time to redecorate, a little extra
time priming your walls can help you paint like a pro. You will need Dropcloths Latex or oil-based
primer Paint sample Brush Roller Tinted primer (optional) (optional) (optional) and paint
sprayer (optional) (optional) (optional). Step 1. Assess your walls. Patched, sanded, stained, bare wood, and darker-color
painted need priming. Primer also works well if you are applying
latex paint over an oil-based coat. Pain When priming your walls, keep a window
or door open so fumes can escape. Step 2. Choose between latex and oil-based primer. Latex primer is an inexpensive, all-purpose
choice. Choose an oil-based primer if you have a dark
stain and are opting for lighter paint color. Step 3. Bring your paint-color sample when purchasing
primer. Primers are white, but tinted ones are available
to match your top coat. Step 4. Lay down the dropcloths, and apply the primer
with a brush, a roller, or paint sprayer. If you don’t want to prime your entire wall,
spot prime to cover trouble areas. Step 5. Let the primer dry for 24 hours. Dry time will depend on the type of primer
used, if the walls are porous or sealed, and if the room is hot or humid. Step 6. Follow up with a great paint job. Did you know Latex paint is actually water-based,
with the paint itself forming miniscule droplets in the water.

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