When Paint-and-Primer-in-One is Suitable and When It Should Be Avoided in Denver Metro, CO

When you spend a good amount of time in the world of home painting you may think about how sometimes lengthy the process of painting can be, and one of the things that contribute to this process is the use of a primer.

This is because the step of putting on that coat of primer can be quite time-consuming – both in terms of the fact that you have to apply the coat to the surface being painted as well as the fact that you then have to wait for the primer coat to dry.

As it turns out, there are some circumstances in which you can entirely avoid the primer coat if you invest in what is known as a  paint-and-primer-in-one – but in some cases, you should not use this kind of two in one primer and paint and you have to go with the tried and true separate products in order to get a better paint job.

Here are some examples of when paint-and-primer-in-one is suitable and when it should be avoided in Denver Metro, CO

Avoid: When Painting The Exterior Of Your Home

One fairly clearcut area where you are going to want to make sure to use primer separate from your paint is when you are painting the exterior of your home.

Self-coating primer is significantly more expensive than buying paint and primer separately, but when you’re painting an interior room this may not make that big of a difference in the final cost of buying supplies for your painting project.

Exterior painting, however, requires many more gallons of paint and as such you could be looking at a cost that is several hundred dollars more if you go with paint-and-primer-in-one.

Suitable: When You Are Painting A Similar Interior Color

When you’re looking to paint the interior of your home and you have a room that is one color and the color you’re going to eventually change it to is basically the same (such as when you just are refreshing the paint job) or close enough in shade, you are going to be okay to use paint-and-primer-in-one.

This is because you will be able to make use of the product to cover what you have there (after you’ve made the time to properly clean and perhaps consider a gentle sanding to get the surface smoother of course) and since the color is going to be so similar, a paint-and-primer-in one is perfectly suitable for such use.

Avoid: When Painting Drywall And Masonry

When you’re thinking about painting surfaces such as drywall and masonry, this is exactly when you’re going to want to avoid making use of a paint-and-primer-in-one product and go directly for using primer and paint separately.

Drywall and masonry and other surfaces like them are quite porous, and when you will be painting porous surfaces, you shouldn’t use the all-in-one product but rather make use of primer so that the surface is properly sealed.

Suitable: When Painting A Darker Color

Lastly, remember that when the color you are going to be applying to your interior walls is going to be darker than the color or colors that are already on your walls, you’re going to be basically pretty much safe making use of a paint-and-primer-in-one.

The reason that this is the case is that in painting a darker color over a lighter color, you’re going to be basically taken care of as it were with the primer that had been previously applied to the surface of the walls, and you won’t have to worry about the old color coming through since lighter colors won’t show up through darker colors.

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