I painted an off-white wall in my house. I bought Glidden paint from
Home Depot, Red color.
The wall is not perfectly flat, some very mild unevenness but nothing
that I deem needs to be filled.
I have thus far applied 3 coats of this paint, allowing drying to the
touch between coats. I can still see unevenness in the coating, some
areas lighter that others , "holidays" I think painters around here
call them. I've painted many times in my house with good results, all
of light colors though. I feel I have decent rolling technique and a
feel for how paint lays on. What have I done wrong? Does red on a
light colored wall require some kind of red primer first? Is it the
Glidden paint not having enough solids to cover. I normally use Vista
Paints, a high end paint store in my area and have not had problems
like this. I noted that the wall "sucked" a lot of paint in the
initial coat. It seems to me that more coating is not going fix it.
The unevenness is oriented vertically. Any tips?
Thanks in advance.
Did you prime before you painted with the red? You will get an even colour
if you keep at it, but you should have applied a tinted primer underneath
it. Dark colours can be difficult to get even otherwise.
The pigments in red and blue paints do not cover as well as others. Ben
Moore notes this on some of their labels. I would consider what you are
seeing as fairly normal, although three coats of a good paint might have
been sufficient. If you are going for more coats, I would let it cure
well for a couple of weeks first. A tinted primer might have helped,
but primers can't be tinted as strongly as regular paint or they lose
the primer qualities. Primers, generally, are not for color; they are
for sealing and binding.
i once got to 6 coats before i knew the brands Bin or Kilz primer
seals the wall first, blocks bleed thru of color already there. your
project so far is a waste of time until you put the primer on. choose
primer type and tinted base to follow it including complete directions
according to your manufacturers of EACH ITEM.
Tinted primer would have helped quite a bit. Usually, I would have
primer tinted "half tone" towards the color of the top coat, but I
had a professional recommend gray primer for red top coats. Glidden
makes a lot of paint, at many different quality levels, but I haven't
been too excited about the paint that they make for Home Depot. Kinda
too late, but I think you would be much happier with "Color Accents"
by Sherwin Williams. If you want to make positively sure that the 4th
coat will be the last, I would use that. It will be expensive.
Thanks for your responses. I will give it one more coat of the paint
I have. If no improvement, then I will get better paint for a final
coat. Failing that, I will have to primer and then another coat of
the good paint. It is in my living room so I have to have it looking
good. Thanks all!
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