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Do you need to use primer before interior painting?

Want the paint on your walls to stand the test of time?

We know you do! Your interior paint needs to look great but also perform, offering a level of durability that can stand up to even the busiest of households (plus the occasional scrub down during spring cleaning).

With that in mind, let’s talk primer for a minute. When do you need it, what’s it for, and is it necessary for EVERY interior project?

Pro tip: Is paint and primer in one really a good option?

Before we dig into our four takeaways, we want to address the popular “paint and primer combo” products. They look so easy to use, the marketing is great, and it seems like a real time saver, right?

In reality, most of these products are just a thicker version of their paint formula. Primer is a totally separate product, and totally separate step, that is necessary for a very specific purpose. It bridges the gap between your surface and the product you’re applying. So while the “all in one” products can be easier to use and a bit more forgiving, you’re not getting the real benefit of using primer.

4 benefits to using primer on your walls

Here’s a closer look at why professional painters recommend using primer, even if it’s just a situation that calls for spot priming.

  1. Probably the most important time to use primer is when you are painting over brand new drywall or over new patching or spackling. Primer seals the new wall, causing your beautiful new paint color to adhere to the wall and look smooth when it is finished.
  2. Sometimes you are ready for a big change. It is always best to use primer when you are drastically changing the color, especially from a dark color to a light color. Your finished wall will be truer to the shade you have chosen.
  3. Having the best intentions to protect your walls is often not enough to keep stains from happening. Using a primer over a stain can ensure that your chosen color adheres to the wall, creating smooth and even coverage.
  4. Your wallpaper may have been a stylish way to cover your walls, but sometimes it’s just time for a change. When you peel off that old paper, you’ll need to invest in surface repairs and priming to cover the past and prepare for a new look.

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