Two coats of primer on wall, can still see old dark paint

Old 11-25-15, 06:07 PM
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Two coats of primer on wall, can still see old dark paint

I thought someone told me you never use more than 2 coats of primer, but maybe I'm doing something wrong, because I can still see the dark gray paint samples we put on the wall, I don't have a nice bright white wall.
Was I being too easy with the primer and should have applied it more heavily? Do I just need to primer over the whole wall again, and again, until I can't see the old paint samples?
Old 11-25-15, 06:16 PM
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No need to add a coat of primer.
And there was no need to even use that second coat of primer.
Just going to need two coats of the finish paint.
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Some primers cover better than others. Different primers have different tasks so it's possible that particular primer wasn't well suited for the job. Application error is also a possibility. Technically painted walls don't need a primer if being repainted by the same type of paint [latex over latex] but it can make it easier to get coverage by the top coat. Some brands/lines of finish paint cover better than others.

As Joe suggested, I'd proceed with the finish paint. Depending on the color and quality of the paint it should cover in 1-2 coats. Don't try to squeeze all the paint out of the roller while you are applying the paint. I like to apply a stripe of heavy paint and then take the roller cover [now with less paint] and reroll the previous stripe to level it off.

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