How to Prime Walls for Painting a Room

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Mark Osbourne founder of Manor Works Painting discusses how to prime walls for painting a room.

    Mark Osborne

    Mark Osborne is the owner and original founder of Manor Works Painting. After working his way through college running the painting operations of student-based companies, Mark went on to get an MBA in Entrepreneurship. While in school, Mark saw an unmet need by many homeowners. No company was offering year-round painting services in a consistent and professional manner. The idea behind Manor Works was born. In 1998, Mark started Manor Works on the principle of providing homeowners with consistent levels of quality on a year round basis. Over the last 10 years Mark has worked to build Manor Works into a full-service painting company servicing metropolitan Washington D.C. Mark intends to grow the company geographically and recently began an expansion into the North Carolina market. Mark continues to be interested in concepts he studied in school and is exploring the possibility of franchising and licensing.

    Hi! I am Mark Osbourne. I am the Founder of Manor Works Painting. Were the largest residential only painting company in the Washington and Metro Area. We are celebrating our 10th year in business. Today, we are talking about painting in interior room. Now, we are ready to move on to the last step in the preparation process, something called priming. Primer is an undercoat. Primer is what seals bare wood stains or any areas that have been repaired, so that paint can then stick to the primer. In this case, we are going to be using a latex-based primer. The advantage of that is that it will seal the drywall in the areas that we have repaired, but it will also dry in a reasonable amount of time, so we can move on to final step, which is painting. Unfortunately, latex and acrylic primers are not applicable to every situation, so make sure that you consult with your local paint store in determining the right primer to use for your project.

    When priming, it can be applied in one of three ways. It can be brushed, it can be rolled, or it can be sprayed. In this case, we are going to be rolling out the primer because only a small area needs to be primed. We are using whats called a whiz roller, which is a small 4-inch roller, which is used for small areas of painting or priming in this case.

    Heres a tip when dealing with priming, a lot of people erroneously think that all surfaces need to be primed. That is true in certain situations. For instance, in new construction where nothing has been painted before or in areas of severe damage like water stains or smoke damage. In those situations, full prime might be required, but in most situations in terms of an interior situation, you are going to be painting over an existing application. In those situations, like in this case, all you would is whats called the spot priming. Spot priming is where we are going to apply primer just in the areas that are required, in this case, the areas that have been repaired through the filling process.

    If you are going to be applying a dark top coat as the paint, you can have the primer tinted to whats called a half shade of the finished color. This will allow the primer to be covered more easily when you move on to the painting phase. Once the primer has been applied, you need to wait for a special amount of time for it to dry. There are some situations where additional coats of primers could be required, but they should be few and far between. Now, that we finished the final step of the surface preparation, we are ready to move on to the next step, which will be cutting the ceiling.