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Old 10-04-2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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We bought a house where the previous owner painted the dining room in a dark green color......hurghhh!!!
I will repaint it with something clearer.
Do I need to prime the wall to better cover the darker color?
Or will I be good with 2 layers of paint?

If a primer or under layer is requested, what should I use?

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Old 10-04-2013, 06:52 PM   #2
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If it is like a hunter or forrest green you will need to prime since you are going much lighter a gray or gray tinted primer will probably work best. And no paint with primer won't work.
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I agree with tool seeker---a primer will help you cover the deep color---I'd likely use a white primer---

A very high quality paint might cover just fine with out the primer---Your call---
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Is the primer the base they use to create the color you want by just adding a tint?
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What? Primers don't cover well- they do other things- go straight to paint- faster, better. Particularly if you are using a quality paint
No need for primer.
Expect 2 coats of paint, not one coat of primer THEN 2 coats of paint..
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What? Primers don't cover well- they do other things- go straight to paint- faster, better. Particularly if you are using a quality paint
No need for primer.
Expect 2 coats of paint, not one coat of primer THEN 2 coats of paint..
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You are painting with something "clearer"? I don't know what that means.

There is such a thing as a color primer, but it would be a shade of gray specified by the manufacturer to go under a particular finish color. Other than that, a good quality finish paint hides that last paint better than any regular primer. Primers just aren't formulated to solve that problem.
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You are painting with something "clearer"? I don't know what that means.

There is such a thing as a color primer, but it would be a shade of gray specified by the manufacturer to go under a particular finish color. Other than that, a good quality finish paint hides that last paint better than any regular primer. Primers just aren't formulated to solve that problem.
I assumed clearer meant lighter and we know what happens when we assume.And I agree a quality paint hides better than primer[I]in most cases.[I]But in going from real dark to real light (or clearer?) I like to use a coat of tinted or gray primer to sutler down the dark color.
I painted a bright yellow room once with a light blue and the whole room had a green cast to it even after 2 coats.
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I just painted my entry way that was burgundy red. I put 2 coats of paint on and it covered very well and looks so much better. It is now a blue-gray color!
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I have painted over some extremely dark colors and it is rare that a 3rd coat is ever needed. Even in those cases it is a lot easier to do 3 coats of paint rather than a coat of primer and 2 coats of paint. If you must put on a coat of primer and 2 coats of paint every time you have a drastic color change rather than take the risk of the still easier but rare requirement of 3 coats, be my guest.
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I'll do it every time I like the idea of insurance rather than a gamble.
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lol. What is the gamble? that it took 2 coats or 3?
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I guess the only thing you are insuring is that it will take 3 coats (1 primer and 2 paint)
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The only "gamble" when it comes to color is whether to color prime with the appropriate shade of gray. If you skip that step, you can't make it up later. So in some cases, for example with some reds, you might be looking at 1 coat gray, 2 coats red, as opposed to 4 or 5 coats red. Then it makes a difference. You would normally have a clue when you would want to do this based on the manufacturer's recommendation for a gray primer.

But putting on an extra coat of finish paint as opposed to the beginning coat of primer really doesn't make much or any difference. In some cases it would actually be more expensive to coat with 1 coat primer and 2 coats finish paint than 3 coats finish paint.
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And the added cost and time of another paint setup and clean up.

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