One of the most common questions we hear from people looking to do their own interior painting in Tyler, TX concerns how many coats they can expect to use for the job. This really depends on a variety of factors, including the kind of paint you’re using and the substrate you’re working with. But if you’re working with a wall that’s never been painted before, you’re going to need to start with primer.
Here’s a quick overview of what you should know.
When you should use one coat of primer
You can get away with a single coat of primer if you’re painting any color on top of a white wall. A single coat of a high-quality water-based or oil-based primer should be all you need to make sure there’s a good bond between the old paint and the new paint you’re putting on. This coat will also help to mask stains and any areas you had to patch or sand. Painting directly on top of those areas will result in the stains or textures coming through.
You can also use a single coat of primer if you’re using a tinted primer. Primer that already features a shade of your new paint will be helpful if you’re making a major change to the wall, such as going from a light color to a dark color or a dark color to a light color, as it will help the transition. Ask the associate at the paint store to add up to 50 percent of the new shade into the primer, and this will help you cut down on the amount of primer you need to use.
When you should use two coats of primer
You should always use two coats of primer if you’re painting unfinished walls. Drywall and plaster that was never primed will have some areas that are more porous than others, meaning they’ll absorb at different speeds. If you only use one layer of primer, it will result in a blotchy appearance, so two coats will help you provide a more even appearance, hiding the pores in the walls before you move forward with painting.
For wood walls, the wood is going to be even more porous than unfinished drywall or plaster. You’ll need at least a couple coats of an oil-based primer for any unfinished wood to create a level surface and a more even appearance. Don’t use water-based primer on wood, as this could cause the grains to swell.
Finally, if you’re going with a light color on top of a dark color, two coats of primer will be necessary to prevent the darker color from showing through the paint.
You can avoid using primer altogether if you are using a paint that includes primer in it, known as two-in-one or self-priming paint. These paints have a higher solids percentage.
Interior painting is the sort of DIY project many homeowners are comfortable taking on, but it’s also completely reasonable to not want to spend the time or money on this project if you’re at all concerned about the results you’ll get. Hiring a professional is never a bad idea. For more tips about painting and priming, or to schedule interior painting in Tyler, TX contact an experienced painting contractor at Salgado Painting today.