Primer is the foundation of a painting job that helps to achieve the desired look. No matter how well the wall is painted with various panting techniques, it won’t look good if the surface has not been prepared with primer prior to painting. Yes, even if the paint is of premium quality.
Why is it important to prime before painting?
The primer gives a stable surface so that the subsequent paint layers can lock into. It’s the condition of the surface’s porosity that most often warrants the use of a paint primer. If the surface is too porous, it will require multiple coats of paint before the paint can develop a thick layer.
On the other hand, when the surface is too glossy, paint adhesion is difficult as the paint couldn’t lock onto the surface. This is why the professional painters Sydney prime the walls before painting as provides an excellent texture for the paint to grab onto, regardless of the surface’s porosity, and recommend the same to DIY painters as well. In addition to providing the right texture for the paint to adhere, the primer covers the stains.
How to choose the right primer for your painting project?
Choosing the right primer can make all the difference as they have a major impact on the appearance of your finished paint project. Yes, there are many primers available in the market, and you can’t just grab the first one you see as different surface require different types of primer.
Primers are formulated for interior, exterior surfaces, metals, woods, and in particular tints. While interior primer seals and increases adhesion to create a uniform surface, exterior primers minimise mildew growth, cracking, and protect the surface. Unlike interior primers, exterior primers come in a specific formulation that can be used on wood, metal, and masonry.
There are three types of primers, including oil-based, pigmented shellac, and latex primer. Each type has its own strengthens and weaknesses, working best on certain surfaces.
Oil-based primers are the most commonly used as they work with oil paints and latex paints, making them very versatile and applicable to a wide variety of surfaces. Steel, wood, and metals with existing paint are ideal surfaces for oil-based primers.
When it comes to latex, it is ideal for prepping unfinished drywall for painting. Moreover, latex primers are flexible and fast drying and are less brittle than oil-based primers, which makes them less susceptible to cracking and peeling.
On the other hand, shellac is used to seal the wood and other surfaces. It is good for interior paint jobs as they are the best stain-blocking primers that work well in severe water and smoke damaged walls.
Need help in priming the walls? Contact CLP residential painters in Sydney – we are one of the best house painters Sydney, offering high-quality paint services to both residential and commercial properties.
The author is one of the skilled painters in Sydney. Along with a team of professionals, he provides high-quality painting service for both residential and commercial property. Visit https://www.colourlifepainting.com.au/ for more details.
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