A Primer on Primer

My first house was new construction, painted inside with one color: contractor white. Boring! While it took me a long time to get around to painting, I learned the hard way that generic construction paint does not include primer. I thought paint primer was used when changing from dark to light colors or between very different colors.

If you try to paint regular interior paint directly on drywall (with or without initial contractor paint), the drywall absorbs the paint. That gets expensive as it requires way too many coats of paint! The solution is easy: prime the walls first! I’m a fan of Behr paint, and they even make a paint with the primer built in. Now whenever I paint a room, I just use the paint-and-primer in one. It sure beats applying a coat of primer and two coats of paint!


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