As you may know,
primer is the layer of paint that goes on a surface
to prepare it for the final paint color
you intend (primer is usually white or
off white, and always clearly labeled). We know it sounds like a lot of extra
work to apply a whole layer of paint before you move onto the color that you
actually want, but primer isn't just for show, it can make a big difference and
may help you save a lot of money in the long term, too. Here's why using primer
is a good idea.
Primer Improves Paint Bonding
House paint is
designed to be as reliable as possible, but it doesn't always bond well to a
surface on its own. Even bare wood may not bond perfectly with the paint —
which can cause peeling issues later that require repairs and repainting. Other
surfaces, like masonry, are even worse materials for bonding properly to paint.
Primer helps fix this problem by creating a new layer that paint can adhere to
very easily (primer is designed to bond more easily with a wider variety of
materials), improving results and preventing problems.
Primer Protects Against Wear and Aging
We already mentioned
that primer can help prevent peeling, but its benefits go beyond that.
also act as a minor sealant for the
surface. This helps prevent moisture from seeping into the paint from behind
and causing bubbles or other issues, as well as damaging the surface itself.
This is particularly important when painting exterior surfaces, especially
surfaces that may absorb moisture more easily.
Primer Conceals Blemishes
Blemishes are marks
that are easy to notice in a surface, such as a joint, or dark knot of wood.
When painting around your home, especially with lighter colors, a layer or two
of normal paint may not be enough to fully hide these blemishes, which is
usually something homeowners want to avoid. Another primer benefit is that its
extra layer is ideal for concealing these blemishes so that when the
layer of paint
dries, nothing shows through.
Primer Prepares Dark Surfaces
When painting dark
surfaces, especially with light-colored paint, it can be difficult to fully
obscure the surface even with multiple layers of paint. Fortunately, a layer or
two of primer can help prepare the surface so that when you start applying layers
of your intended paint color, they will effectively cover the colors beneath.
The end result is a smooth layer of paint with a hue that's not affected by
Keep in mind that you
don't always need to use primer as a separate coating of paint.
There are some situations where you can skip the primer stage. Brand new
drywall, for example, is already a great surface for paint, and you may be able
to use a house paint that has primer included in the paint mixture for surfaces
If you have any other
questions about primer and preparing surfaces for a long-term paint job, just
Give Tarheel Painters a call
and we will help you make the right