Why and When to Use a Paint Primer

June 4, 2012

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Paint has become more and more effective as the years have gone by, but even today it still isn’t completely reliable in not chipping or becoming ruined over time. Even with multiple coats of paint it can still chip and wear off. Without any help, paint still has trouble bonding itself to the surface of whatever it is placed on to the paint will not stay in one exact spot, but will sometimes run instead. Even after drying, paint sometimes doesn’t completely attach itself to the surface, but luckily there is a product that can fix this problem easily.
Paint primer is necessary in some cases to ensure that the paint creates a water-tight bond with the surface that it is painted on so that it doesn’t run or chip off easily. This bond that is created will allow the paint to last longer so that the surface doesn’t have the need to be painted again anytime soon, this way the surface won’t have to be repainted again as soon as it would have to without the primer. This not only saves money by not forcing more paint to be bought, but it saves plenty of time and hassle that comes along with the process of painting.

Which Painting Projects is Primer Used For?

First of all, whenever someone paints on wood they should be prepared to have to use a primer with it. The primer is used to not only protect the paint, but to protect the wood itself. Since wood is a naturally thirst-hungry material, it is easy for it to absorb water into its porous material. This will not only ruin the wood over time, but it will cause the paint to begin to chip off. Through the use of a primer, this can prevent the wood from absorbing water, which will preserve both the wood and the paint.
Of course, wood is not the only surface that primer can be used on. It can also be used to help protect a metal surface that was painted on, as it will help prevent rusting. It can even be used on concrete surfaces or drywall to protect areas that are cracked, or may become cracked.
The issue with primer is that it’s used to not only protect paint and promote adhesion, but to protect the surface from natural damage as well. For any painting project where there is a risk that the surface will become damaged over time, using a primer is a necessity.
Cutting corners and skipping out on the paint primer will cause your paint and surface to wear down a lot faster. If help is needed to paint a building, there is always the option of hiring experienced painting contractors through a painting company to prep and paint the building. This does have an associated cost, but it will be worth it and will make the painting process much easier.

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