Primer Paint - When To Use Primer Paint

When most of you are thinking about painting a wall or ceiling you're really only thinking about the shade you want to paint that wall. That's the truth really - you're thinking about the finished "product" more than the preparation right? Priming the surface is as important as taking the time to make sure you have a good finish. It's best not to skip over the prep steps - you can wind up paying a hefty price later on.

Reasons For Using Primer

"So when should I use primer paint?" I hear you ask. The simple truth folks is that you should be using primer paint more often than not. It's definitely not going to do any harm to your walls or ceilings - if anything it's going to help you cover up any mistakes you might wind up making. Primer is going to give you the best possible foundation to paint on. Painting on unprimed walls is like building a house on unsound foundations. Sooner or later you're going to have problems.

Using a primer makes sure that you'll avoid discoloration and uneven surfaces. Even more important it will make sure that you don't have to apply three coats of paint to get the finish you wanted in the first place. You don't have to use a specific primer paint to actually prime your walls but it's kinda silly to just use normal paint. Why? You're going to have to apply several coats of normal paint as primer whereas one coat of primer is enough 99% of the time.

Using Primer Is Cost Effective

Plus primer doesn't cost that much - you're not saving any money here. Just costing yourself far, far more in lost time. One of the main reasons for using primer paint is to prevent any kind of discoloration on your walls. There's nothing that annoys people more than waiting for the paint to dry and realizing that their walls are two different shades of whatever paint you picked. If the original color is dark or your walls are porous then you're going to wind up with this type of problem. That's why it makes so much sense to prime the walls properly - primer usually dries very quickly so it's not going to hold up your painting project.

There are tons of reasons for using primer paint and only reason for not using it. What's that one reason? Well it's a combination of laziness and wanting to save a few bucks. It's never good to start any decorating project with a lazy attitude. After all you're only going to get out of it what you put into it right?