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: Before applying latex paint over a surface coated with oil-based paint—or vice versa—always prime the surface to ensure good adhesion. Today’s primers are compatible with both types of paint.
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
• 2. How to Choose a Primer
• 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