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Paint Primer: Hard Colours to Paint Over and How to Beat Them

paint primerRedecorating your home? Saying goodbye to bright or dark colours and welcoming a new neutral palette?

Painting over certain colours with light, white or beige paint can be a real struggle, especially if you’re not familiar with paint primer.

In this article, we’ll go through the most difficult colours to paint over, and how to do it successfully. That way, when you start the paint process, you’ll know exactly how to achieve perfect results.

The Hardest Colours to Paint Over

Obviously, dark colours and bright, highly-saturated colours are the most difficult to paint over with white and other neutrals.

Let’s have a look a few specific colours you might find around your home:

  • Bright pink. Maybe you painted your child’s bedroom Barbie pink when she was little, and she loved it. Now, you’re looking for a change. Bright pinks can be a challenge to paint over, so require thorough preparation.
  • Dark purple, eggplant, and navy. These deep hues were once all the rage, but now, they can make a room look a little bit dated. If you’re ready to lighten and brighten, you’ll have to prime first.
  • Yellows and oranges. These colours are surprisingly stubborn to cover, and can leave an unwanted warm undertone. To combat this, you’ll need to apply paint primer.

How to Use Paint Primer to Cover Difficult Colours

If you fail to prime your walls, the bright or dark colour beneath could show through. This can completely change the overall appearance of a room. Painting a house is hard work – and there’s nothing worse than being left with less than perfect results.

You can prevent dark paints from seeping through by using a good quality, stain blocking paint primer. As well as covering up the colour beneath, the best paint primers will:

  • Improve the paint’s adhesion to your surface, which can minimise peeling and blistering later down the track.
  • Make painting faster, as less coats (sometimes just one) will be required to produce an opaque result.
  • Cover up unsightly stains and marks, which can also show up underneath fresh paint.

Successfully using a paint primer is simple: paint the primer over clean, dry walls before applying a top coat. Remember to always wait for the primer to dry completely before proceeding.

If the colour beneath is really dark (brown, maroon, or black, for example), you may need to apply two coats of paint primer before adding the top coat.

Just Hire Professional Painters!

Although painting your home may seem like a quick and easy weekend job at first, it can often take specialist tools, equipment, and technique to produce flawless results. Skip the headache and call in the professionals. Contact the friendly team at Kraudelt Painting on 07 3829 5735 or fill out the form on this page, and we’ll get right back to you.

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