When is Primer Required?

Understanding every step of the painting process is critical for achieving superior results. At Dunbar Painting, we take pride in offering comprehensive painting services, from meticulous preparation to the final stroke of paint. A vital but often misunderstood step is the use of a primer. That is why we have put together some information outlining when primer is required.

Primer: The Basics

In essence, primer is a preparatory coating applied before paint. Not priming your surface is a common cause of paint failure, as it ensures that the paint adheres better to the surface, provides additional protection, and can enhance the paint’s colour. There are various types of primers, each serving a specific purpose. Among these, high-adhesion and sealing primers are particularly noteworthy.

High-Adhesion Primer

Uncoated materials such as metal and glossy finishes have smooth, non-porous surfaces that can be difficult for paint to grip. When applied directly, the paint may peel, chip, or look uneven. The same goes for painting over old interior paint without a primer; however, a high-adhesion primer solves this problem by creating a bondable surface that the paint can readily adhere to.

With high-adhesion primer, we can ensure that your interior and exterior surfaces get an even and long-lasting coat of paint that will not flake or peel over time. This means your paint job will not only look better but also last longer.

Sealing Primer

Sealing primers serve two major roles: preventing wood tannins from bleeding through and sealing new drywall.

Wood Sealing Primer

Wood contains natural substances known as tannins. When painted, these tannins can seep out and create unsightly yellow or brownish stains on the paint surface. A sealing primer locks in these tannins, preventing them from reaching the paint surface and causing discolouration. This is crucial, especially when painting or staining wood furniture or structures, as it enables them to maintain their aesthetic appeal.

Drywall Sealing Primer

Sealing primers are also necessary when working with new drywall. Drywall is highly absorbent, meaning it can soak up several coats of paint before achieving even coverage. A sealing primer seals the surface and creates a non-porous base for the paint. This results in a smoother finish, saving both time and paint in the process.

Understanding when a primer is needed can make the difference between a paint job that is just okay and one that truly shines. At Dunbar Painting, we strive to provide you with the latter by ensuring that all the preparatory steps, including the crucial stage of priming, are flawlessly executed. Ensure your painting project is a resounding success by requesting an estimate on our website.