Primer/Base Coat

Old 02-02-09, 04:22 PM
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Primer/Base Coat

If I want to paint a wall with a dark color - what type of primer should I use?

Does it change if my color is blue versus red? My colors don't seem to be true once I put them on the wall. Any help??
Old 02-02-09, 05:35 PM
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If you buy your paint from a real paint store [not big box paint dept] you will get a better covering coating and the recomended primer [if needed] for optimum coverage.

Gray primer usually works best for reds, it might be ok for blue, depending on the shade.
Old 02-03-09, 05:50 AM
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Can't vouch for any other brands, but Benjamin Moore specifies a primer for many of their dark colors - it is NOT stock and has to be mixed. The flag on their colors that need a special primer warn the color will NOT be true unless that primer is used.
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Use gray primer for deep tones.

Use 1/2 tinted or matching primer for pastels.

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