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Painting Your Home: Best Primers | Telion Painting

Why You Should Prime Your House?

There can be some confusion around the topic of priming. Priming your house is a must if you want a long lasting paint job but there are few exceptions. We are going to break down why you should prime, when you should prime, when you don't have to prime first, and our top favorite primmers.

When to Prime?

Primer is essential to helping your paint coat last. Primer acts as a first layer of paint to ensure your paint does not soak into the underlying material. This allows paint to adhere nicely to the primer. This also allows the paint to go on evenly. So this brings up the question, when should you prime?

You should always prime when you are painting a new surface. New and bare surfaces have pores and imperfections that can create a difficult painting surface. When you apply the primer, you create a smooth surface that is ready for a layer of paint.

You should always prime when you remove old paint. If you are painting over an old paint job, then the primer is a must. Lets say your old paint is peeling off, then when you apply your new paint, it will just peel off with it. You should get rid of any uneven surfaces (I.e. powerwashing) and give it a solid coat of primer. This also makes it easier to cover up any old paint color and not allow them to show through.

In some cases priming may not be necessary. And before you get too excited its only under one circumstance. You don't need to prime on its own when your paint is a paint-primer combo. Most paints are offering paint and primer in one container. Before you go this route, do you research on them. If you cut corners, it will show so be sure your combo gives you long-lasting results.

Best Primers to Use

Here are two of our favorite primers to use. We will attach a data sheet under each primer to help give you more information.

1. Kelly Moore Kel-Bond Ultra

This primer is going to be great for that interior and exterior high build. It works great to smooth out your surface before painting and seals any cracks or imperfections you have.

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2. Kelly Moore Kel-Bond Universal

This is your primer you should keep around all the time. You can use this primer on about everything. Its fast drying and stain blocking. This can be used on more than the Ultra but it is not as strong as the Ultra. Still a great primer that gets the job done.

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Whenever it comes primer, it's better to be safe than sorry. Spending that extra time priming can save you not only money but the stress of having to fix any issues that come from avoiding it.


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