A new coat of paint on your walls can completely transform any room and is a fairly easy way to update your home without investing a ton in renovations. In some cases, though you might want to lighten a room that’s painted dark. Lighter-colored rooms can feel larger, airier, and cleaner so changing from dark to light has many benefits. If you want even, beautiful coats and quality painting products without worrying about cleanup, hiring a professional is your best option but here are some tips to cover dark paint yourself, according to The Spruce.

Color Changing From Dark to Light

Avoid the problems that come with repeatedly laying down expensive light-colored paint over darker colors. Instead, first, treat the surface with two layers of white primer if the existing color is extremely dark.

When going from a light color to a dark color, note that most paint retailers have the ability to tint your primer. This brings the color of the primer closer to that of the wall finish color, reducing the number of primer coats and color coats you lay down.

Spotted or stained surfaces benefit from a coat or two of priming before painting. Consider using thicker primers such as Kilz 2 or Kilz Max for these conditions.

When You May Not Need Paint Primer

While priming is usually the best bet, you can often get by without priming under any of the following conditions:

Walls Are Very Clean
If your walls are perfectly clean and in good condition, you might be able to eliminate the need for primer. One way to clean walls before painting is to create a thin mixture of tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) and water and wipe down the walls with a soft cloth. If you choose not to use TSP, attach a clean brush attachment to the end of a shop vacuum and clean off major debris like cobwebs and dust.

Painting From One Color to a Similar Color

One need for primer is to readjust the base color for your new color to brilliantly and accurately show up. If previous and new colors are the same, or even if they are similar, the need for primer is reduced though not entirely eliminated.

Using Paint-Primers

Self-priming paint is essentially a paint that is thicker than regular paint. Because it is thicker, it builds up higher and forms a thicker coat. It is preferable to use a separate primer and paint. But if the walls are basically in good condition, you can use a combination paint and primer.

Self-priming paint is not the miracle cure that many homeowners may believe. Laying down a thicker paint build makes for a weaker coat that takes longer to dry.

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