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Old 10-17-2012, 11:02 AM   #1
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Can somebody please tell me why red paint acts the way it does? I have used it many times in the past and I am very familiar with the proper prep work involved. Why can I use two coats with other colors but I have to use three to five with red? I always double/triple my estimate for how many gallons I will need for a particular project. And most times I hit the mark for what is needed. Cheap paint vs. top shelf it always is the same result. Why?

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Old 10-17-2012, 01:23 PM   #2
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It is the properties and large amounts of "red" pigments needed to yield a rich red finish. If you can find factory mixed reds in the colors you want it may help over using tinted bases.

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Old 10-18-2012, 05:46 AM   #3
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1) prime with gray.
2) use quality paint.
3) apply the first coat and let it dry overnight.
4) apply the second coat and you should be done.

Even quality paints will bleed if you apply the second coat too soon. All the pigment in red takes longer to lock in. Applying additional coats too soon will rewet the pigments and kill the hide.
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The organic colorants in these colors (reds, yellows) do not provide good hiding. As Poppameth states, there are gray primers (Glidden Gripper, for one) which provide depth under the finish coat, and help with hide.
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:08 PM   #5
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If you think red is a b****, wait til you have to paint a YELLOW wall, ugh.
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:08 PM   #6
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BM Aura is pretty good in getting red coverage- but the tinted primer is still a good idea.
Believe it or not- with a quality paint- it is better than it used to be.

Muralo makes a red primer that gets it right there right now. my problem with it is that it is a flat primer, and if you are using eggshell doesn't help with enamel hold out ( sealing to make paint sheen full)
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The best results I've had with red has been when I used the gray primer.
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There are "red base" paints out there. I have had good luck with them. Usuallym takes two to three coats where four to five used to be required.

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