I'm changing the color of a room that is mint green to light beige (just
a little darker than antique white).
I test painted a small area and the color looks kinda of a pinkish or
corral instead of beige even after 2 coats. After 3 coats of beige it
appears to be the right color.
So today i bought a spray can of "Killz" and sprayed a small area and
let it dry and then painted on the beige and it is exactly the color
it's supposed to be.
I haven't done much painting as far as changing the color, I always
painted the room the same color or something very close.
My question is, when changing colors this drastically, are you supposed
to prime first then paint? Or, do you have to apply 3 or more coats of
paint to get the desired color?
By buying the spray can(s) of "Killz" I was just trying to to make less
work for myself but even after my small test area I see that I can't use
an aerosol because of the overspray.
BTW, I know "Killz" is for stains, spots, etc., but it is also a primer
and the only one that came in a spray can, thats the only reason I
Also, if I need to use primer, should I use an oil base, or water base?
It depends on the colour -- obviously, going from a light colour to a
deeper one will work better than vice-versa.
White's obviously got poor covering qualities for other colours
(although, FWIW, I've always found that the yellow is about the
lousiest for covering), so if I was doing your change -- green to beige
-- I'd prime first (cheaper than using extra coats of your main paint).
Depends on the top-coat paint, I'd figure: oil for oil, water for
Here are my tips as far as painting goes. I am no pro, but I have done
many coats of paint since buying my fixer house, so take them for what
they are worth:
- Always prime. Primer is a different chemical make up than regular
paint, and the new paint sticks and covers much better with primer
underneath. - It seems that the pros prefer an oil based primer, however
I have used latex almost exclusively and been quite happy with it.
However, I also used latex paint exclusively. If you are using oil-based
paint, I would definetly go with an oil primer. - Get your primer tinted
with the color that you are intending to paint the room. This would
definetly help cut down on the number of coats you are doing. Or, if you
are painting dark over light, a medium to dark grey primer is also
effective. - Take the time to sand with a very fine grit sandpaper
between coats. I painted 2 rooms the same color, over the same color,
and the sanding in the second room saved me 2 extra coats that I had to
do in the first, where I didn't use the sandpaper.
Those are my tips. Have fun.
I disagree. Priming always give you a better job. Most companies may 2
different grades of primer. One is for a glossy finishing coat and the
other for matte finishing coat. The former primer is more expensive. I
called up Behr company once and they told me the glossy finishing coat
primer is the far better product and could be used for matte finishing coats
too and they recommended it. The matte finishing coat primers are just on
the market to have a cheap product. Both were latex based.
Well art Ive done more pro painting than most people and priming is
rarely the best option, because it means switching and recleaning
equipment which is a waist of time. Pros don't have time to waist as I
can paint a small room in the time it takes to fully clean a set up.
Also colors are richer on a double coat of paint. Priming is something
needed only on large wall repairs or going over a stained, or high
gloss, or a bleed through problem, or any other problem necessitating
Are you using low end paint like Behr??
Use quality paint like Pratt and Lambert Accolade and you can change
from most colors with only one coat.
If you're making a major color change using a primer sure won't hurt.
To get a head start have the paint store tint the primer to half the
color formula of the topcoat.
On Fri, 16 Apr 2004 03:00:18 -0400, email@example.com (Ron) wrote:
My experience says to definitely prime. Good quality paint is more
expensive than primer. The primer will prevent the need for more
coats of the expensive paint.
I'm painting some light green walls myself. My tests of the paint and
primer show good coverage. The primer also helps if you have spackled
or repaired parts of the wall. You risk uneven paint regions if you
simply paint and ignore the primer.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Ron) wrote in message
Also, remember how your vision works - looking at a green wall for even a
short length of time will make things appear reddish when looking to a
whiter color. Avoid looking at the green for too long before judging the new
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