Professional painters will always recommend primer before paint to make the substrate smoother and to facilitate adherence to the topcoat. But, before searching for the best wall primer, you need to understand the types of primer paint and when to use them.
Whether you wish to paint your exterior walls or wooden furniture, Berger Paints offers a range of products to cater to all your needs. You can also choose Berger interior primer for painting metallic surfaces and lend them an attractive glossy sheen.
Let’s look at the benefits of primer paint first.
What is Primer Paint Used For?
If you are curious as to why primer is used before painting, take a look at these advantages.
- Better Paint Adhesion
Primer is designed to stick well to different types of surfaces and paints. This ensures that the topcoat stays intact for years to come.
- Covers Imperfections
Wall primers help to make the surface smooth. It can hide some of the natural features of the substrate underneath. For instance, joint seams and knots on wood can show through a coat of paint. But if a primer is applied, no imperfections will show up. Primers can also help cover repairs and patches on the walls. It can block out odours and stains as well.
- Optimizes the Surface
Overall, it optimizes the surface so that a lesser amount of topcoat is required to get the best results.
- Helps Paint Over Dark Colours
In case you are replacing a darker tone with a lighter tone, you will need a primer to make the surface suitable. For instance, the BP White Primer (WT) is a specially formulated acrylic-based primer that has high opacity. It ensures that even the darkest colour of paint is adequately hidden so that the new lighter colour is not compromised. It also contributes to an even finish.
Types of Primer Paint
The best way to understand the intended use of primer paint for walls is to look at different categories of the product.
New drywall can be very porous, which leads to the paint seeping in and giving an uneven finish. Drywall mud surfaces especially can cause paint flashing, which means that paint will look heavier in some areas than in others.
A drywall primer can help prevent this and give a consistent appearance with the topcoat.
If you apply paint directly to masonry surfaces, the high pH level can cause adhesions issues. Another issue is efflorescence. These are white, crystalline deposits on masonry surfaces, which lead to an untidy look. A quality primer will allow you to avoid these issues. For instance, Berger HomeShield Seal-O-Prime is the only product in the Indian market that protects against dampness, efflorescence and alkalinity. It has a unique triple booster formulation and can be used on multiple surfaces as an undercoat, including concrete, plaster, cement and tiles.
It is difficult for paint to adhere to bare wood surfaces. A primer is needed to ensure adherence. However, old oil-based primers can be slow-drying, which means you will have to wait for 24 hours or more before the topcoat can be applied. Berger Imperia Epoxy Block Primer is a product that solves this non-drying issue.
You will need this type of primer if you wish to get a highly glossy surface painted. For instance, metallic surfaces, ceramic tiles, plastic shutters, etc. These primers provide better adhesion of the topcoat to slick surfaces.
Things to Consider When Using Primer Paint
Why go through the hassle of learning about primer paint or how to apply primer on walls when you can leave it all in the hands of experts? Professional painters will guide you regarding the right type of primer and the quantity needed. They will also take care of other details like dilution, application, storage, and more. It’s important to get the base coat right to get the desired effect from the topcoat.
Nowadays, you can find products where paint and primer are combined to make the painting project easier. Stick to high-quality manufacturers when you choose such products. These products might come with limited applications and might not give long-lasting results.
Berger Paints offers primers for every kind of surface and paint type. Plus, Berger primers are Green Pro certified, with low VOC content. They do not contain harmful elements, such as lead, chromium and arsenic.
Choose Berger Express Painting services for a safe painting experience. The experts will use automated tools and the latest technology to ensure a fast and dust-free job. Your paint site will be cleaned post-painting and frequently touched surfaces will be sanitised regularly. What you will get is a stress-free and hygienic experience.