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The Outcomes of Not Priming Your Walls Before Painting


Many people consider a coat of primer to be an unnecessary expense. Some even argue with the painter about the need for a primer. But the fact is primer is essential before most paint jobs. You will end up paying more for a paint job if the wall is not primed before painting. 
Let’s see some of the outcomes of not priming your walls before painting. 

Uneven Color
Not priming the wall will result in reduced pigment ratio when applying the topcoat. As a result, too much pigment will soak into the drywall and the final paint will appear washed out in some places. 
Additionally, the sheen of the final finish may appear chalky when you use low-gloss or semi-gloss paint for the topcoat. 

Require Additional Coating
The paint will be lighter than expected when you don’t prime the wall before painting. You may have to apply additional coatings to get the desired finishing. This will turn even a small paint job into a costly project. 

Priming is particularly important when applying light color paint over a dark-colored wall. Without priming, light color won’t cover the dark color surface no matter how many coats you apply. A good quality primer is recommended in this situation. 

Improper Sealing of the Drywall 
Drywall primer contains a binging material called polyvinyl acetate. The material is also present in the carpenter’s glue. Applying primer will help seal the drywall. As a result, latex or water-based paint won’t soak into the porous material. 

Not priming the wall will prevent proper sealing of the drywall. This will result in an uneven application of the latex paint that will create blotches and rough areas on the wall. The result will be worse on seams covered with joint compound since the material is even more pompous as compared to drywall. 

Difficulty in Painting over Glossy Paints 
Painting over glossy or oil-based paints is not possible if the surface does not have appropriate adhesion. A bonding primer applied to a surface will stick to the wall proving a good backing for the new paint. You will face difficulty in painting glossy surfaces if you don’t prime the wall first. 

Stains Remain Visible on Wall 
Stains such as crayon scribbles or greasy spots on the wall will remain visible if you don’t use a prime. The stains will show through the newly coated paint. They will remain even when you apply multiple coats of paint. 

Applying a coat of primer is always worth it. A primer should be used particularly when painting new drywall or over existing glossy paint. Priming is required for wood paneling and wallpaper to ensure proper paintwork. 

Always talk to a professional painting contractor. Professional painters generally used a tinted primer prior to painting. Hiring an experienced painter is important as it can save you money due to an expert paint job. You won’t likely have to pay more for correcting mistakes that result due to not having expert knowledge regarding paintwork.