A few dangling points out there...painting over dark red is a tough challenge for most painters - and probably moreso for newcomers, but do-able if you have the time and patience. Some people don't have that, so calling a pro makes sense, in some cases.
Primers are formulated to serve two functions: for bare surfaces like wood or drywall, they act to even out the surface by filling in voids (with their content of minerals like calcium carbonate) and on previously-painted surfaces, to improve adhesion of subsequent layers (with their resins). Not all previously -painted surfaces need primers but in your case, it's a good idea, given the colours.
There's a lot more to painting well. But there's nothing like experience. Hope you had some fun at least.
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As the title states, this will be my first time painting..
Also, what brands should I be looking for for the above and what should I stay away from? The paint color I liked was from Sico paint.
USE ONLY TOP QUALITY PRODUCTS....this cannot be stressed enough.
Go to a Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams store; these places deal with professional painters daily, thus they carry quality products that work, and can give sound advice. They will match your color, doesn't matter what the original brand is.
STAY FAR, VERY FAR, AWAY FROM BIG BOX PAINT BRANDS.