Things to keep in mind when using wall primer for the first time
Painting your home, whether the interiors or exteriors, can be a lot of fun. From thinking of a theme to browsing hundreds of colour swatches, the whole process from start to finish involves a lot of steps. But there is one step in this process that people have mixed feelings about, and that is using wall primers.
Some people firmly believe in using a wall primer to get a flawless paint application every time, while some are of the opinion that a primer can easily be skipped. A wall primer provides a smooth and even surface for the paint layer to go on top. Applying a wall primer helps the paint adhere to the wall better, and improves the durability and longevity of the paint coat.
Types of Wall Primer
At its core, a wall primer is available in three different types – oil-based, latex, or shellac. Depending on your needs and your wall surfaces, you can look for interior or exterior wall primers.
One of the most common wall primers is an oil-based primer as they can go on a lot of different surfaces. Oil-based wall primers are also great for covering up stains on your walls and making sure they do not peak through your paint coat. The main drawback of an oil-based primer is its long drying times, which is 24 hours.
A latex primer is a water-based primer and works great on wooden surfaces, but can also be used on masonry, metal, drywall, etc. Latex wall primers have a shorter drying time of only about three to four hours.
Often a go-to for interior paint jobs, a shellac primer has the quickest drying time and has great stain-blocking capabilities as well. But keep in mind that shellac wall primers can only be used with an oil or latex paint.
If you are looking for a wall primer that works well on both interior and exterior walls, try the Water Thinnable Cement Primer by Indigo. The excellent sealing properties and resistance to the dampness of the Water Thinnable Cement Primer makes it a perfect choice for all your priming needs. The Indigo Exterior Wall Primer is a water-based wall coating that is made especially for your exterior walls. Use the Indigo Exterior Wall Primer for priming plastered walls, asbestos, concrete, or brickwork, its resistance to moisture and alkali make it suitable for all your exterior wall needs.
How To Use Wall Primer?
Whether using an interior or exterior wall primer, thoroughly clean the surface that you will be painting. Applying a wall primer on a dirty and uneven surface will reduce the final impact of the primer. Just like how you would paint a wall, apply a wall primer from the ceiling and work your way down.
Apply one or two coats of wall primer, depending on the colour and surface of the wall you are priming. Be generous but work in thin layers to avoid patchy layers. Take your time and work in small sections whenever applying any type of wall primer.
Remember to also use the right kind of primer for the surface you are working on. An exterior wall primer paint will not work well on interior walls and vice versa.
Benefits Of Using A Wall Primer
Wall primers are a versatile problem-solver, and can help you solve a list of different challenges you might face when painting your walls. Here are a few reasons why we recommend not skipping priming before you coat your walls with paint –
a. Drywalls are porous surfaces that absorb a lot of paint and can make the overall application uneven and blotchy. Using a wall primer levels in the gaps in the drywall and smooths out the rough surface. It also acts as a barrier between the porous surface and the paint, so you will not need as much paint to cover the surface.
b. If you live in areas with high humidity, applying moisture-repellant exterior wall primers will seal the surface and prevent your walls from getting damaged due to the dampness. Damp walls are the breeding ground for moss and fungus, and the right kind of wall primer will prevent the moss and algae from damaging your walls.
c. If you are changing the colours of your walls from a bright pop of colour to something soft and pastel, using a wall primer will neutralize the base colour of your wall, and you will not have to apply multiple layers of the paint to get an opaque coat.
d. When painting any kind of wood surface, a primer helps to smooth out the surface, glue the loose wood fibres together, and make the surface texture of the wood more uniform. This ensures a stronger adhesion of the paint on the wooden surface.
Wall Primer Dos and Don’ts
One of the most important things to remember when using wall primers is that the chemicals in the primers give off very strong fumes that can be hazardous to your health, if you are exposed to them for a long time. Always work in a well-ventilated area and keep all doors and windows open when working with wall primers.
If you are sensitive to strong scents, use a face mask to shield your nose and mouth when applying wall primers. Also, remember to check the drying time for your primer since different primers have very different priming times, and painting on top of a primer that has not completely dried will render the primer useless. To improve the functionality and durability of the primer, make sure that you use the right kind of primer for the surface you are working on.