How to Properly Apply Primer Spray Paint How to Properly Apply Primer Spray Paint

What You'll Need
Correct Primer Spray
Masking Tape
Dust Mask
Drop Cloths
Broom or Duster
Plastic Sheeting

Using primer spray paint on the walls or wood in your home is the first step toward excellent protection. Most people paint the primer on with a brush but there is an alternative. If you spray correctly, you can achieve a very solid base level for your top coats of paint. Using the correct type of primer is vital to the area you are painting. Make sure that the primer you are buying is recommended for the type of topcoat you are using.

Step 1 – Masking

Use masking tape to mask off every area that will not be sprayed. Be aware that spray paint will carry in the atmosphere and land on areas that you do not wish to cover. Also, you must work in a well-ventilated room. Spray paint can be hazardous and you will need lots of fresh air in the working area. Mask off the edges of the drop cloths too so that nothing gets onto surfaces that are not being painted. Always use a dust mask.

Step 2 – Spray Primer

The good thing about spraying the primer onto the walls of your home is that you will be more or less assured of a uniform and even coating, providing you apply the correct technique. If your primer came in a can, you will need to shake it thoroughly for at least 30 seconds. You will hear the ‘widget’ inside the can rattling about as you shake. This prevents lumps and clotting in the primer as you spray. If you are using a spray gun, make sure that you mix correctly to get a good flow. Do not mix the primer too thin.

Step 3 – Using the Spray

It is not too important where on the wall you begin your priming, but you would be advised to start in a corner and work across to the other corner. Keep the spray gun or can about six inches away from the wall as you prime it and as you move the primer can or gun, move your body with it. Keep your wrist steady and keep the line straight. Work across to the other corner, spraying consistently six inches from the surface.

Step 4 – Continuation

Once you have primed the top edge of the wall from corner to corner, come back to the area just under where you started and begin another course. Make sure it blends in with the first line so that you don’t get excess overlapping or a thick line between the joins of the two courses. Work steadily across the wall again until you reach the other edge and then return and repeat the process.

Step 5 – Ground level

Once you have reached down the wall to the point where you no longer need the ladder, you will find there will be a little more fluidity in the priming movement as you glide along the wall. You will be able to keep step more easily with the priming process. Once the wall has been completed, let it dry thoroughly before adding the first coat of paint.


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