Priming Walls Before Painting

Home Painting Tips In Mission Viejo

The next step in our bedroom painting project is to prime the areas that we have prepped on the walls. I’ve got my primer right here. And again, you want to make sure that you give it a good stir in case the paint separated. Now I already have a roller that’s got a primer on it from a previous project and I put it in a baggie and what that does is it keeps it wet. So you can use it again and again if you need to. Now, this is a smaller version of the rollers we’ve been using thus far. They call them hot dog rollers and they come in really handy when it comes to things like priming where you don’t necessarily have a big area to cover. Ok, I’m going to take my drop cloth because again, we want to protect our floors. Dip the roller and then I’m just going to hit these spots that we patched earlier.

If you see areas where there might be some smudges and stuff, you might want to hit those too. Ok, so most primers only take about an hour to dry so we’ll let that dry and then we’ll get on to paint.

To avoid lap marks, roll the full height of the wall and keep a wet edge!

Lap marks are those ugly stripes caused by uneven layers of paint buildup. They occur when you roll over paint that’s already partly dry. (In warm, dry conditions, latex paint can begin to stiffen in less than a minute!) The key to avoiding lap marks when doing DIY wall painting is to maintain a “wet edge,” so each stroke of your roller overlaps the previous stroke before the paint can begin to dry.

To maintain a wet edge, start near a corner and run the roller up and down the full height of the wall, moving over slightly with each stroke. Move backward where necessary to even out thick spots or runs. Don’t let the roller become nearly dry; reload it often so that it’s always at least half loaded. Keep the open side of the roller frame facing the area that’s already painted. That puts less pressure on the open side of the roller, so you’re less likely to leave paint ridges when doing DIY wall painting.

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