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Old 04-24-2008, 10:08 AM   #1
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Tint primer to assist in drywall texturing???

Just finished skimming some walls in preparation for applying a new texture. Texturing will be a new skill for me, but I have been researching it & am pretty confident I will do fine with some practice prior.

The skimmed walls look great...smooth as a babe's bottom, but they are obviously completely white and I am concerned that in applying the white texture compound, I will have difficulty seeing my work. New construction drywall is a light tan and it got me to thinking (scary)...

Since I'm gonna prime prior to texturing, is there anything wrong with adding some dark brown paint to the primer, so the wall comes out a light tan? If OK, what type of paint would be best?

Primer used is white KILZ general purpose Interior water base sealer-primer (would you recommend something better? I will be doing more of this in the future).

One more question...when I applied the above primer to the ugly blue walls prior to skimming, it seemed thin, transparent really...the ugly blue showed thru like before. I stirred thoroughly. Is that the normal consistency of primer?

Thanks in advance!


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Old 04-24-2008, 10:41 AM   #2
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Should have done this first!

Found it! Went to the KILZ website...it can be tinted with a universal colorant (sold in 4 & 8 oz. bottles).

Sorry about that, hopefully someone else learned something as well (like researching before posting!)


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Yes, primer can be tinted.

Yes, there are far better primers available than water-base Kilz. In fact, that very primer gets more complaints than any other product, save Behr paint, on this board. (Okay, Thompson's Water Seal is in the running too.)

Get yourself to an actual paint store instead of your local BigBox and ask them what to use.

To help you see your work, light it from the side with a high-watt work light. That will throw shadows that make the texture obvious. (This is also a common way to look for defects in the wall's surface.)

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What type of texture will you be applying?
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:48 PM   #5
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Seriously stay away from the latex Kilz "primers"
Their adhesion issues won't be helped by the weight of that texture

Pretty much any premium primer from Ben Moore, Sherwin Williams, Pittsburgh, etc, will do
The Zinsser products (a primer specialty company) are great also
Whichever Paint Store is closest to you or the nicest to you
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