Priming Is Essential

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A quality primer gives your paint projects a professional look. Here’s how to apply it.

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Before taking on a massive paint job, you'll want to make sure the paint will stick to the walls and look its best. That's where primer comes in. Use it to increase adhesion, enhance the paint sheen, retain a uniform appearance and block stains.  

You’ll need to repair and clean surfaces before priming for the best results. Learn more in this guide.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

1
Tint primer
Tint primer - Priming Is Essential

Most primers can be tinted, and tinting will ensure good coverage for the finish coat. But too much tint will dilute the primer and reduce its efficiency. Ask your store associate for assistance determining exactly what you need.

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Dampen roller or brush
Dampen roller or brush - Priming Is Essential

Dampen your roller or brush to get off to a fast start. Use water for latex paints, and paint thinner for alkyd- or oil-based paints.

3
Cut in corners
Cut in corners - Priming Is Essential

Pick your starting point and cut in. Apply paint at all corners or places where walls, moulding and ceilings meet the corner with a 2-inch brush or a corner pad. Cut in the first 3 to 4 feet along the ceiling, too.

4
Roll on the primer
Roll on the primer - Priming Is Essential

Apply the primer using a 9-inch roller with the appropriate nap. Start with a single vertical strip at the cut-in corner.

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Paint a “W” pattern
Paint a “W” pattern - Priming Is Essential

Roll primer on the wall in 3 x 3-foot sections, working from top to bottom. Add the primer in a “W” motion, filling in the gaps without lifting the roller.