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Choosing the Best Primer: A Crucial Step in Preparing Drywall

Painting your walls can drastically affect your home’s overall appearance. Soft whites and blues can create a calming, inviting environment, while forest greens and deep reds give your home a more gothic ambiance. Painting lets you and your family showcase your unique charms and styles. But before you start the exciting painting work, you must apply primer.

Primer is a base coat layer of paint designed to improve your paint job. Without primer, you may notice more streaks and irregularities in your final product, and you’ll likely see more discoloration and staining. Primer ensures a more uniform application of paint, blocks some stains and improves your top coat’s adhesion. Although primer is crucial, choosing the best one for your project can be challenging. Fortunately, the experts at Bill’s Drywall can help. Read on to learn about factors to consider when choosing primers.

3 Proven Factors to Consider When Picking Primer

Before covering six standard primers and what they are ideal for, here are three factors to consider before choosing your primer. 

  • Adhesion: Adhesion refers to how well something can stick to the primer. Different types of primers offer better adhesion. Adhesion is crucial when considering the paint you will use. For example, some glossy paints are slippery and require a more adhesive primer to stick to the wall.
  • Humidity: Some areas of your home are exposed to more moisture and humidity. Think of bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and basements. Humidity can make your paint job peel, bubble or discolor. It is crucial to choose a primer that helps seal the drywall and protect it from moisture.
  • Surface: Consider what surface you’re covering! New drywall requires a specific primer, whereas different types of existing paint jobs are suited to different primers. For example, a white primer is recommended to cover dark paint with light paint. However, if you’re priming new drywall that has never been painted, the color of the primer is less critical. Additionally, consider what surface challenges exist, such as dents and cracks or stains, as different primers are suited to each problem.

Expert Opinions On 6 Types of Primers

With these considerations in mind, let’s review six primers and what they are ideal for! 

  • PVA (Polyvinyl Acetate) primer: PVA primer is water-based. Because it is quick-drying and has good adhesion properties for your paint, it’s more suited to new drywall. However, it isn’t ideal for high-humidity or water-exposed areas like bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms.
  • Acrylic primer: Acrylic primer is also water-based. This primer is quick-drying, has a low odor and provides good adhesion. It’s ideal for new and repainted drywall. However, acrylic primer is not suited for environments with constant high humidity, highly stained or discolored surfaces, certain metal surfaces and glossy finishes, 
  • Mold-resistant primer: Mold-resistant primes use additives that discourage mold and mildew growth. These primers are ideal for high-humidity areas prone to mold and mildew, like bathrooms, kitchens, basements and laundry rooms. 
  • Stain-blocking primer: Consider a stain-blocking primer if you’re repainting your drywall following water or smoke damage. These primers contain additives that cover stains on the drywall, preventing it from bleeding into your new paint job.
  • Bonding primer: Bonding primers are formulated to enhance adhesion on challenging surfaces, including glossy or hard-to-stick-to materials. They are often used when transitioning from one type of surface to another. Bonding primer is especially useful for covering a glossy paint.
  • High-build primer: High-build primers have a thick consistency to fill and smooth surface imperfections, such as minor dents or cracks. The primer builds up with each coat, creating a more even surface to paint. Because high-build primer works by filling in dents and cracks, it is not ideal for areas with intricate details. 

Choosing the best primer for your drywall can be challenging, but it is crucial. Fortunately, the nearby experts at Bill’s Drywall can help every step of the way. From installing new drywall to priming and painting, we have the skills and expertise to do the job professionally and beautifully. Request an estimate for your drywall project today!

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