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Old 03-06-2007, 08:27 PM   #1
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We are about to move and are planning to paint out new dining room red. We are not quite sure about which brand and color of paint to use though. We are also wondering if the use of primer is needed, and the number of coats of paint neccesary. Can you please give me a few tips?

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Be careful reds can be tricky. You don't want it to look like elmo lives there. I would go for a warm red tone. I did my dining room a burgany color I primed and painted 3 coats.
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We are about to move and are planning to paint out new dining room red. We are not quite sure about which brand and color of paint to use though. We are also wondering if the use of primer is needed, and the number of coats of paint neccesary. Can you please give me a few tips?

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Brands that the pros use: Sherwin Williams, Ben Moore, & other premium brands...(Run from the Big Home Store brands)

If you are going to paint red (be prepared to apply 'alot' of coats for even coverage)...& definitely use a premium brand for fewer coats.

Primer: New walls ; YES - prime them.

Primer: Consider having it tinted to coincide with your choice of color. Tinting your primer close to your top coat paint will help to reduce the number of coats required to paint the walls to the red color you desire.
(Using a tinted primer is more cost effective than spending extra money to apply additional coats of your finish coat paint .... to cover a 'white' primer coat)

Good Luck...

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Old 03-06-2007, 09:24 PM   #4
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Atlantic is sooooooo right when he says you need "a lot" of coats.

I remember painting my dining room a cranberry colour a number of years ago.

I think I ended up putting 7 coats on to get it the colour that it should be.

I primed it in white thought.
I was told that I should have used a coloured primer so that I would not have had to do as many coats.


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Hmmm....I like burgundy
Can I pick burgundy?

I'm stuck on that color for some reason


Usually no primer is needed for a repaint
Reds are different...and tough

I'd use a tinted primer - the paint shop will suggest the best tint for your color/type of paint

And go with a top quality paint-that's a must


I'm big fan of Ben Moore's Regal line
It does very well with difficult colors
For seriously red color coverage in two coats, go with Sherwin Williams Color Accents and use the primer tint they suggest
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Thanks to all of you! I would still really appreciate help, but this will all help so much! Thanks!
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Tips for red: Ask for grey primer because you're painting with red. Some paint store employees don't know that.

Be patient. Use thin coats and go with however many thin coats it takes. Avoid the temptation to lay it on thicker to make it cover.
Make sure the paint is completly dry between coats. The longer between coats, the better. You might want to invest in a pole sander and sand the wall lightly between coats. With multiple layers, you should sand, at least, before the final coat goes on.
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