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Definition: Primer

Not to be confused with CasaSugar's handy educational Primers, this type of primer is a white paint-like coating that is applied underneath paint. Also called a prime coat, a primer prepares the surface being painted, makes color adhere better, and helps paint last longer. It's especially important to use primer when painting on porous surfaces or over a dark color with a lighter one.


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kerneschick2005 kerneschick2005 8 years
Ziggy, I was also going to mention tinted primer! That stuff is amazing!
psangel psangel 8 years
In our living room before was a deep aquatic blue and we changed our color to a cream beige color.I think if we did not use the primer before, the deep blue color would have stood out. Also we would have had to put on a several coats of the cream beige paint if we did not use the primer.
krystalmak krystalmak 8 years
Thank you!! My friends have been using the term "primer" so much recently, and I didn't know what it was but I knew it was painting related. I just smiled and nodded, and now I know :)
urbngirl urbngirl 8 years
I have never used primer when painting and I even turned my chocolate dining room to Tiffany blue. I wonder how essential it is.
ziggy ziggy 8 years
If your end color for the walls is going to be a medium or dark color, it's also good to have your primer tinted as well. Most paint stores will do it if you ask. It could reduce 3 or 4 coats of actual paint to 2 for that nice even finish. While tinted primer often isn't the same deep, rich color of the eventual paint it does help the paint color reach its glory easier. I picked this up from some professional painters I had paint a basement room a rich midnight blue once. :)
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