Why do I need a primer?
Whatever the type of surface you’re painting, a little bit of prep will go a long way when it comes to getting the best finish. Primer gives you a consistent base layer for your preferred topcoat, in order to give you the best results and save the need for several coats to get the best coverage. Paint also adheres to primer better than some surfaces, so it’s a good idea for pretty much any painting project.
- By sealing the original surface, primer stops paint from soaking into it. So you don’t need to keep adding extra coats.
- It hides any joints, seams, blemishes or other marks to make sure that they don’t come through the paint.
- It’s typically white or other neutral colours, which helps to make sure that your paint colours show true.
- If the final colour is much lighter than the original, adding a small amount of pigment to the primer will bring it closer to your final paint colour and help to prevent the original surface from coming through.
- When painting on top of previous coats that are shiny and glossy, paint can often struggle to stick because it requires more texture to hold onto.
- Adding a couple of coats of primer will help your topcoat stick to surfaces with a high sheen, even if you don’t give them a light scuffing with sandpaper first.