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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 A Room for Paint
  6. How to Prep Walls for Paint
  7. How to Use a Paint Brush
  8. How to Roll Paint Onto a Wall
  9. How to Clean a Paint Brush
  10. How to Clean a Paint Roller