The painting process is not for the impatient or those prone to rushing. Paint projects need to happen in sequential steps such as cleaning the surfaces, prepping the room, priming, allowing an allotment of drying time, and (at long last) a primary coat. Skipping steps because they are seen as too tedious could spell disaster and create issues on the surfaces being painted, not to mention actually taking more time.

One step that is often overlooked and sometimes considered extraneous by do-it-yourselfers is the primer coat. This, however, is one of the more essential and purposeful steps of the entire paint project. 

Let’s take a look at the critical role the primer has in your next paint project in case you were considering bypassing this step altogether. 

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The Purpose of a Primer 

Priming a surface may seem like just an extra step in a painstaking process, but it is important for the overall aesthetics of the final product and the longevity of the paint being used as the final coat. 

Primer Covers Imperfections 

Let’s face it, not all walls are silky smooth and free of imperfections. Some have water stains, while others have divots or areas that have been repaired that need some camouflage. 

Primer can thoroughly cover areas that are less than perfect. Some primers even help block out stains that could show though otherwise. When the primer fills in cracks and covers stains it ​​helps give the final paint coat a nice, smooth finish.

Primer Allows for Better Adhesion 

No one wants their paint project to result in peeling, bubbling, blistering, or uneven paint in a matter of weeks or months. 

In order to avoid these paint surface issues, properly applied primer can create a smooth and clean surface that will allow the topcoat to adhere for longer and present a uniform and even seal. That strong seal will mean a more durable paint and a longer-lasting finish for exterior and interior projects. 

Primer Neutralizes Darker Colors 

If your paint project includes covering a darker hue with a lighter one, then primer could very well be your best friend. 

A coat or two of primer can cover darker or bolder colors allowing for fewer coats to be needed for the entire project. Primer expertly blocks out and stops the color bleed of previous colors into the newly painted coat. 

Fewer Coats Needed with Primer 

Each of these examples translates to the need for less paint for the entire project because the primer can cover imperfections, smooth wall surfaces, and allow for durable coverage for years to come. Fewer coats also mean a lower price tag for the entire project! 

If you are considering a small or large, interior or exterior paint project this fall give All Pro Painting a call to get a quote and start your project soon.