Dear Creative Concepts:
Is it worth the money to buy "high hiding" primer or just do an extra coat or paint when painting over bold colors?
Dreading to Paint
I totally understand how you feel! I've hesitated in the past to purchase a "special" primer -- but know that using paint primers can:
- reduce surface preparation
- improve coverage
- block stains
- prevent peeling
- and make topcoating faster!
Surfaces that are properly primed will attain the truest paint color in fewer coats.
Hmmm -- but is it REALLY worth the $$? (I hate wasting time, but really hate wasting our clients money too!) I just finished a project and have to say emphatically YES!
Here's a pic of this wall before
-- a dark eggplant color.
Dreaded painting over this one!
(Yes - this is the same fireplace, we did have the bricks refaced which is another story!)
I ordered high hiding primer in 70% of my new wall color (Sherwin Williams Basket Beige).
When we painted I could not believe that it covered almost entirely with just the primer coat!
Must confess that I've been a hard head and painted three coats over a beautiful red room before and could still see the red tone through the paint - aarrrggg!
So yes - I'm sold on using the right primer and making the job quick and easy.
Another tip - go to a paint store - not the big box store. I LOVE the fact that the experts at our local paint stores do this ALL DAY every day. They know their stuff and are more than willing to share their knowledge!
As home stagers, we provide paint color consultations throughout the Salem, Albany and Corvallis areas. When going to the effort to paint, make sure it creates a warm, inviting and beautiful environment. Paint has incredible power – and can create an atmosphere you love!
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