How to Properly Apply Paint Primer on Your Walls How to Properly Apply Paint Primer on Your Walls

What You'll Need
Drop cloth
Paint roller
Paint tray
Painters tape
Oil-free soap
Warm water
Lint-free towel
Drywall tape

Applying paint primer to a wall will help to create a better finish for the top coat as well as keep it lasting a much longer period of time. The paint primer allows for the true color of the paint used for the top coat to come through. Many people think that using a paint primer is time consuming or that it is not really needed. If you want the best look possible then a paint primer is a must. Paint primer application is a skilled art that needs to be done correctly for the job to be perfect. The following article will show you how to properly apply paint primer to your walls.

Step 1 - Prepare the Wall

Before you can apply paint primer to the wall the wall needs to be clean. Any kind of residue left on the wall can cause the paint primer to not coat correctly. Debris and protruding nails or screws can create voids in the finished product. Place your drop cloth on the floor, move furniture out of the room or cover it with a cloth. Carefully examine the wall and use the hammer to pound in extruding nails to just below the surface of the wall. Use a screwdriver to plunge screws deeper into the wall just below the surface. Use soapy water to wipe down the walls then a damp lint-free towel to remove any residue. When the wall is dry apply a layer of spackle over the screw and nail holes and tape seams with the adhesive tape. Sand the spackle down so that it is flush with the wall. Affix painters tape around the wall where you do not want paint primer.

Step 2 - Choose the Paint Primer

Choosing a paint primer is very important to how your finished paint job will look. You will have to choice between oil and latex paint primer. Paint primer made with a base of latex is easier to apply and is flexible. Latex paint primer also resists peeling and cracking and it can also be cleaned with soap and water. Paint primer made with a base of oil penetrates the wood more and they also stop tannin from the wood from coming to the surface. This primer is perfect to use on milled lumber.

Step 3 - Apply the Paint Primer

Stir paint primer from the bottom of the can to prevent sediment from becoming an issue. Pour some of the paint primer into a paint tray. Start using a paintbrush to apply the paint primer around the wall to be painted. This is why the painters tape was used and you are essential beginning with a paint primer boarder. Do not worry about streaks. Once the paint primer is applied around the edges you can switch to the paint roller. Remove the excess paint primer and begin to cover the rest of the wall. Make sure to overlap what you just did with the paintbrush.

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