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Do I need a primer?

Do i need to prime before painting a wall?

Priming a wall before painting is generally a good idea, especially if the surface has never been painted before, or if it has been repaired, patched, or previously painted with a different color or type of paint. Here are some reasons why:

Seals the surface: Priming helps to seal porous surfaces, such as drywall or bare wood, which can absorb paint and result in an uneven finish.

Improves adhesion: A primer provides a smooth, even surface that helps paint adhere better and last longer.

Hides stains and discoloration: Priming can help to hide stains and discoloration, especially if you are painting over a darker or heavily soiled surface.

Reduces the number of coats: Using a primer can reduce the number of coats of paint you need to apply to achieve good coverage, which can save you time and money.

However, there are some situations where priming may not be necessary, such as if you are painting over a surface that has already been painted with a similar color and type of paint, or if the surface is in good condition and has already been primed. In these cases, you may be able to skip priming and simply apply the paint directly to the surface. It is always a good idea to consult with a paint professional or follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the specific paint you are using.

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