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Using Paint Primer To Improve The Look of Your Inherited Home

Updated: Nov 30, 2023

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Is there any point in using paint primer to improve the look of a house?

It seems like we use it out of habit because we have been told to buy it and use it, but why do we go through these motions? Is it needed? And if so, why?

The quick answer is yes, we do need it.

In this article, we will discuss different types of primers and the best ways to apply them.

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Why we need a paint primer to improve the look of my inherited property

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If you are looking for the best results and want to do a proper job of painting your walls then make sure you use a primer.

The reason primer is so important in the painting process is it helps produce a clean even coat which then seals the wall.

This absorbs into the wall preventing moisture to build up. There are different primers for different solutions. Let’s focus on three.

Stain-blocking primers

Stain-blocking primers are self-explanatory, it helps block potential stains seeping through your paint job. Sometimes you may notice rust, grease, and residue creep through. This primer helps fight against that.

Barrier primers

For bathrooms, you would want to use vapor barrier primers to keep moisture passing through the walls exterior. Otherwise, you could notice damage to the wall’s insulation and the paint on the exterior of the wall.

Bonding primers

If you have a very glossy and slick surface the best primer to use is a bonding primer.

Bonding primer is essential for the paint to adhere to the walls and prevent mildew and dampness from building up in bathrooms and kitchens.

Using primer correctly

man painting walls

Now we understand primers, the question is how do we use them?

Always use primer on interior walls as it will help the paint stick and bring down the number of coats you will have to apply.

When using the roller try to go from floor to ceiling applying an even coat and don’t leave any bare patches as this can affect your final color of paint, as well as the depth and texture of the coat.

When using a handheld paintbrush to fill in those little gaps make sure you use the primer with long smooth strokes. Then go over it in different directions to spread and even out the primer.

For any difficult areas, just use the tip of the brush.

How much primer do I need?

painted room with shiny hardwood floors

For most projects, a gallon should be enough to finish most painting jobs.

However, it never hurts to have a little more just in case.

Make sure you allow the primer to dry completely and you should give the base coat around 4 hours to set.

At this point, the primer should be dry before you commence applying any more coats of paint. For this reason, many people will apply a primer in the afternoon or evening and then finish up painting the next morning knowing that it has had plenty of time to dry.

If you don’t allow enough time for the primer to dry and you begin to paint over wet or moist primer it can cause smudging.

This will ruin your coat. If you decide to leave the air conditioning on or leave a window open this will help the primer dry a little quicker.

The key here is to be patient and not watch the paint dry but let it dry!

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Now we are a little more educated on paint primer let's get to it and see those results for ourselves.

Good luck and get painting!

If you need help selling a home you inherited or a home that has been included in the probate process contact me or give me a call today.

I'll be glad to share my expertise with you!

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Denise Harper Davis Certified Probate Real Estate Agent

Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist

Licensed Realtor


* NOTE: North Carolina Probate Solutions and the author of this article is not a licensed attorney or CPA. This post should not be considered legal or tax advice. Always consult an estate attorney or tax professional when needing legal answers and legal advice.

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