Do I Need to Prime Walls Before I Paint Them?

Do I Need to Prime Walls Before I Paint Them?

A common question homeowners ask is “do I need to prime walls prior to painting.”  Today, there are many high-quality paints on the market. And in most cases, two coats of quality paint will provide excellent coverage. Sunbow Painters primarily uses Sherwin-Williams.

However, there are a few cases in which you will need to prime before you paint.

  1. Porous surfaces such as drywall and unfinished or unstained wood need to be primed. Paper and drywall mud will be comprised by moisture if not sealed with primer.
  2. Glossy surfaces should be primed for new paint to perform well. New paint must have a surface to adhere to.
  3. Stains from water, smoke and grease should be sealed with a primer. Since primer acts like a sealant/blocker, it will seal stains in so they won’t leak back or show through the paint.
  4. Odors from pets, smoking, fire, or strong-smelling foods can absorb into wall and ceiling surfaces. Primer will seal in and help eliminate odors as well as prevent them from returning. Paint alone does not have the right structure to keep odors away.

For neighborly service and quality craftsmanship, trust the skilled craftspeople at Sunbow Painters. Call 920-659-7515 or go to to request a free estimate.

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