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How to Choose a Primer

Pick the right primer for the job and for your paint type and learn when to sand for a super-smooth finish

In this video, learn how to pick the right primer for the job and for your paint type and learn when to sand for a super-smooth finish.

TIP 1: Save time by using the right primer for the job: a sealer primer to fill in porous bare wood and cover knots and stains; a tinted primer to reduce the number of dark-colored finish coats; and an all-in-one primer paint to speed up general painting.

TIP 2: Latex and oil-based paints can be layered over oil-based primer, but oil-based paint can't be used over latex primer. When in doubt, check the back of the primer can for specifics.

TIP 3: For a smooth finish, sand the wall both before priming and between priming and painting.

See the rest of the Beyond the Basics: Painting series:
• 1 How to Pick a Paint
• 3 How to Pick a Paintbrush
• 4 How to Choose a Roller
• 5 How to Prep the Room
• 6 How to Prep the Walls
• 7 How to Use a Brush
• 8 How to Roll Paint Onto a Wall
• 9 How to Clean a Brush
• 10 How to Clean a Roller

 
 

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