How to Paint: Why Prime?

How to Paint: Why Prime?

[MUSIC PLAYING] Hi, I’m Cole Schaefer,
professional painter, and welcome to Dunn-Edwards
Paints “How to Paint” video series. You know, giving your
space a fresh coat of paint is exciting, and it’s tempting
to just grab a brush or roller and jump right in. But one of the most
important first steps is to prime before painting. You know, there are a number
of situations where priming is important, and
in this video I’ll go over the best
types of primers to use for interior
painting projects. So why prime before painting? Well, first and
foremost, priming will always ensure good adhesion
of the paint to the surface. Think of it is a magnet
for your finished paint. You know, priming
is commonly used to cover dark colors to make
it easier for the finish coat to hide better. Adding some tint to
the primer will even help the finish coat
cover better, too. Another reason to
prime is when you’re painting walls that have
a high gloss finish, or painting very smooth
surfaces, such as cabinets or shelves, lightly
sanding these services and priming them will provide
the best possible adhesion. Priming patched areas
is also a good practice. This allows the finish coat
to dry to a uniform sheen. If patched areas are not
primed, the finish coat will look dull over those spots. This occurs because the repairs
are not properly sealed. And, lastly, priming stains
caused by writing, water, or smoke damage is critical. Priming these types
of stains first will prevent them from bleeding
through to the finish coat. If you skip priming, it could
take more coats of finish paint to cover, and trust me,
you don’t want to go there. So what’s the best
primer to use? Well, for interior
projects, you can’t go wrong with a good multipurpose primer,
such as Dunn-Edwards Ultra-Grip Premium, which provides
excellent adhesion, seals repairs well,
blocks most stains, and provides very good coverage. But keep in mind, for
the toughest stains you’ll need to use a
more specialized primer. Dunn-Edwards Block It
Premium stain-blocking primer uses the latest waterborne
alkyd technology to cover anything from
lipstick to smoke damage. Basically, the toughest
stains on the planet. Now remember, priming will
ensure your paint stays and looks good
for years to come. So if you’re not sure
which primer to use, and need additional
help selecting the right primer for
your painting project, please visit my friends at
your neighborhood Dunn-Edwards paint store. So for all of us at Dunn-Edwards
Paint, I’m Cole Schaefer. Thanks for watching,
and happy painting. [MUSIC PLAYING]

13 thoughts on “How to Paint: Why Prime?

  1. Great video! As professional painters in riverside ca, we recommend and use all Dunn Edwards Products. Quality products make our job easier and look more professional. 

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