27th Sep2011


When and How to Use Primer

by Dinah Wulf
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When and How to Use Primer

Knowing when and how to use primer can be tricky especially if you are a new do it yourselfer.  I don’t know about you, but when I first started painting my projects, I had no idea if I needed to use primer or not. It was a little intimidating.  I accidentally bought an entire gallon for a small project (how embarrassing and costly).  As with many things, I learned through experience.  Here are a few tips and rules of thumb that I have learned along the way.

When to use primer:

  • When the surfaced is cracked or has holes
  • When you are using lighter paint colors
  • When you are changing two types of paint (i.e. applying latex over oil paint)
  • When painting over dark colors

Why use primer:

  • Primer acts as a bond and will strengthen and adhere to your cover paint
  • To correct flaws and uneven surfaces
  • To protect the surface and keep moister and mildew out
  • To increase durability and keep paint from chipping or flaking
  • To create an even and smooth hue and mask brush marks
  • To extend the life of your paint with a longer lasting color

How to use primer:

  • Sand any lumps or flaws
  • Thoroughly clean your surface and make sure it is clear of debris and dust
  • Make sure the primer is completely dry between each coat
  • Two coats typically does the job

Hope this helps!

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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, a creative blog promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, Real Simple Lifestyler, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Angie's List, Fix.com, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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