When to Use Paint Primer

paintbrush with yellow paint

If you’ve ever attempted to paint a room in your house, you’ve likely wondered: Do I need to prime before I paint? The answer: Probably not. In fact, primer is only necessary in three circumstances—1) when you’re painting a light color over a dark one, 2) when your walls are badly stained, and 3) when the walls are marked up with spackle from patching. In these situations, a primer will help create a consistent, neutral surface that your paint will adhere to evenly.

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  1. tigger851

    If your walls have not been painted in years and you want to slap some paint on it, you SHOULD prime it. The color will adhere better and not look uneven. Trust me, I just did this in my house because the walls had not been painted in over 5 years.

    May 7, 2013 at 8:56 am

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