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What is priming in painting?



In this blog, we will try to answer all questions about primers for various purposes as much as possible.

A painting primer is a pre-coat applied before painting. It ensures that the paint, wallpaper, or other wall covering adheres well to the surface.



do I need a primer for skim and pasteboard?

For plasterboards and skimmed surfaces, primer is used to eliminate strong suction. It doesn't matter if it's just painting or preparing for wallpapering.

Plasterboard are ideal for quick installation of partitions, ceilings, for insulation or soundproofing.



If the surface is made of plasterboard or skimmed and needs to be painted after puttying and sanding, we recommend that it be primed!

The paint will adhere well to the surface and filler, but without a primer you won't get a really good result. The reason for this is that you have different paint-ready areas on your walls that absorb your paint to varying degrees, and the finish coat can not only have a lots of spots but peel off over time.

Therefore, such surfaces must always be primed before painting to achieve a satisfactory final result.


Do walls need to be primed before wallpapering?


For wallpapering, it is especially important to read and follow the manufacturer's information on the packaging, adhere to the specified drying time and properly ventilate the workplace. Since all wallpapers are made of different material, primer before wallpapering or painting should be used only if its necessary.


If you ignore the instructions and do not use a primer or use it incorrectly, then there is a huge risk of deformation and peeling of the wallpaper!


Why do I need a primer for painting wood?


Wood is one of the most used materials for building houses and making furniture. Over time, it began to be used even more, and processing methods improved.

Is a primer for wood needed? Of course. Priming the wood before painting makes finishing looks better, saves costs, and extends the life of the material.



However, the primer is intended not only for this. Special substances that impregnate the tree will also cope with this. And thanks to priming, the surface of the tree becomes strong and smooth, and also not very permeable. Thanks to this, the paint coats down evenly and the design does not absorb it. This allows you to save finishing paint and reduce costs. In addition, the primer penetrates deep into the base of the wooden structure, making it very durable.

And also to this, the finish layer adheres better to the structure. It will last longer, not peel off and not crumble. The primer is more advantageous than the painting, because its price is lower.


Basically, the primer is used in situations where high-quality painting is needed for many years. Our experts recommend always priming wood, pasteboard or skimmed walls before painting to ensure good adhesion and the paint does not peel off.

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