Painting with red paint.

Hi all,
I have heard some horror stories with respect to red paint. I recently painted a small room in my house with a deep red, in a low-sheen finish. The original wall colour was a very light neutral (think bleached dirt).
I did not prime the walls. Instead, I plastered the dents/imperfections, and then proceeded to sand the entire area with 150 grit paper. I then proceeded to 'wash' the walls with a damp cloth, to remove any dust left from sanding.
I applied the first coat on Wednesday evening....due to the tight space, there were a lot of visible brush marks and you could definitely see the previous color through the coat. I used a 3/8" roller in places, and that was equally 'transparent'....either way, I applied as much paint as the wall would accept without dripping.
Last night I returned to apply the second coat (and hoping I wouldn't need a 3rd and 4th coad). Same technique. Much better results. Once I was finished, the room looked fantastic....there didn't appear to be any trace of the original colour.
I am surprised that it only took 2 coats. Is it possible that the sanding/washing helped? Just curious, as I am about to do a much larger area in a yellow...which I hear is also quite difficult in terms of coverage.
Cheers, Dave So...do you suppose that
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