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To Prime or Not to Prime? That is the Question

January 22, 2011

Before adding on to your wall that great color of paint you so painstakingly chose, ask yourself, do you need to prime the walls or not?

• If you are going from a light color to a darker color a primer is not needed, but if the reverse is the case then a primer is needed.

• When going from a semi-gloss latex base paint to a flat latex it’s also recommended to use a primer.  The same goes if your base coat is oil.  Many older homes might have oil paint on the walls. These will have to be lightly sanded before adding new latex paint. Use a mask when dealing with oil paint, as oil is lead-based.

• If there is drywall with no paint on it then you should use a primer.

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