Why You Should Apply a Coat of Primer Before You Paint   

Primer and Painting Advice from Your Professional Painters in Philadelphia

All painting projects require an application of primer. While priming your interior walls may seem like an unnecessary expense, it’s always worth the extra time, effort, and money. Plus, high-quality primers continue to improve as the years go by, providing better coverage without the harmful chemicals. 

Primer is essentially a flat and sticky kind of paint that is designed to adhere well to any surface and provide a consistent base for paint. Skipping the primer means that your topcoat of paint may not stick as well to the original surface and more paint may be needed in order to achieve the full coverage look that you desire.

4 Benefits of Applying Primer to Interior Surfaces  

One of the most common questions we get from homeowners is whether or not interior walls need to be primed before painting. If you’re seeking professional results, we suggest using a coat of primer underneath your topcoat of paint. 

Read on to discover some of the many great benefits of primer: 

  • Provides a Stable Base: Primer is usually warranted, especially on surfaces that are porous. When surfaces are too porous, too much of the color coat will be drawn into the surface and multiple coats of paint are then required to achieve a consistent appearance. If the original surface is too glossy, topcoat adhesion may prove difficult because the paint will have a hard time sticking to the surface. Fortunately, primer has the right texture for paint to grab and stick onto. 
  • Camouflages Stains: Covering a surface with primer will address any imperfections such as areas on the wall that may have been previously patched or repaired. Primer is also extremely valuable for covering up stains, allowing the color coat to provide a rich, beautiful, and consistent color where stains cannot bleed through. 
  • Neutralizes Surface Color: If you wish to paint over a dark colored surface, the darker tones of the paint will often show through the new paint that is being applied. Primer can be applied to darker surfaces and offers an opaque formula that provides a light base color to suit any tone of paint that is applied on top. 
  • Saves Time and Money: Since primer offers stability and longevity to the paint that is applied above it, you will likely need to use less paint for your color coat. Avoiding multiple applications of paint can save you a significant amount of time and money. Additionally, primer is also usually less expensive than paint, so it is an economical choice for your base coat rather than directly applying paint to an original surface. 

At Mastercraft Painting & Finishes, our paint experts are ready to help you prime and paint your home interiors. We’ve successfully worked with countless homeowners in the Philadelphia area, providing high-quality, custom painting and refinishing services at a competitive price. Our team has all the insights and experience you need to get your painting projects done quickly and efficiently. If you still have concerns about primer use or have questions about any of our other services, get in touch with the professionals who are committed to ensuring that every project has a successful outcome. 

If you want to have your home or office primed and painted, reach out to our team of professional painters. From planning and preparation to priming and painting, we are there with you every step of the way. Contact Mastercraft Painting & Finishes online or call 267-496-5307 for a free estimate.