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igneous 10-26-2010 02:57 PM

priming red walls
 
My client wants her brown-red(deep red) dining room walls painted a neutral color, probably in the beige/tan pallette. Should I use a gray or white primer to bring the walls back to a more a more neutral color.

racebum 10-26-2010 05:50 PM

use some type of stain blocking color blocking primer. your best bet imo is to head to sherwin williams and buy one of their thick color blocking primers. as for color, check out universal khaki it's a really nice neutral tan they have

moopey 10-26-2010 08:08 PM

I did this same thing to the house I purchased in 2009. The walls were a very dark red and I wanted to paint it a light tan.

I used Benjamin Moore primer tinted to a tan very close to the final color. 1 coat of primer and then 2 coats of Benjamin Moore Regal in an eggshell finish. It covered just fine.

You could also use a latez kilz tinted. Theres other products like zinsser 1-2-3 that is a great blocking primer but I haven't personally used it with tint.

poppameth 10-27-2010 10:36 AM

Use 1-2-3 tinted toward the color you are using. Gray primer is generally for deep colors such as reds. White might be too stark. Avoid Kilz at all cost. Only the original oil is s decent product and even that isn't great.

ratherbefishin' 10-27-2010 12:14 PM

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Originally Posted by poppameth (Post 523850)
Use 1-2-3 tinted toward the color you are using. Gray primer is generally for deep colors such as reds. White might be too stark. Avoid Kilz at all cost. Only the original oil is s decent product and even that isn't great.

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epson 10-27-2010 02:17 PM

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Originally Posted by igneous (Post 523352)
My client wants her brown-red(deep red) dining room walls painted a neutral color, probably in the beige/tan pallette. Should I use a gray or white primer to bring the walls back to a more a more neutral color.

You should prime your walls grey then apply two coats of your finish...

HDwetPaint 10-27-2010 02:31 PM

Hey Igneous, Covering darker colors like your red walls can be a pretty simple job if you have the proper supplies. Before you get started priming or painting you should take a look at some samples and make a decision on the color paint you would like the room to be. You will then need a high- quality, thick-bodied primer designed to block heavy stains and/or dark colors. In the past Iíve had good success with the Zinsser 1-2-3 or the Kilz Premium. Have the primer tinted at the store to the color you have chosen and it will not only help block out your deep red, but it will increase the coverage of the following topcoats.
Good luck on your project and if thereís anything else we can help you with let us know.
Jeff

chrisn 10-27-2010 03:19 PM

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Originally Posted by HDwetPaint (Post 523973)
Hey Igneous, Covering darker colors like your red walls can be a pretty simple job if you have the proper supplies. Before you get started priming or painting you should take a look at some samples and make a decision on the color paint you would like the room to be. You will then need a high- quality, thick-bodied primer designed to block heavy stains and/or dark colors. In the past Iíve had good success with the Zinsser 1-2-3 or the Kilz Premium.:no::no::no::no::no: Have the primer tinted at the store to the color you have chosen and it will not only help block out your deep red, but it will increase the coverage of the following topcoats.
Good luck on your project and if thereís anything else we can help you with let us know.
Jeff

Just say NO to kilz

housepaintingny 10-27-2010 06:04 PM

There really shouldn't be a problem painting your color choice over a read wall using a quality paint and two coats. When you need to be concerned is when you are painting red or other deep base colors over a light color. That's when you would use a grey primer a P3 or P4.

igneous 10-29-2010 02:29 PM

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Originally Posted by housepaintingny (Post 524074)
There really shouldn't be a problem painting your color choice over a read wall using a quality paint and two coats. When you need to be concerned is when you are painting red or other deep base colors over a light color. That's when you would use a grey primer a P3 or P4.

My client is leaning toward a gray top coat. The red is a flat paint. So based on your post, two coats of the SW gray she has picked will do the job?


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