Patching plaster, putty knife and sandpaper- to fill small holes
Trisodium phosphate or substitute- to clean your surface
For most projects, Valspar® Paint + Primer offers great convenience, letting you skip the priming step. But there are some situations when applying a primer before you paint is a good idea.
If you choose a bold color—such as deep, dark purple consider first applying a primer, tinted to your wall color. You'll use fewer coats to achieve the rich look.
Drastic Changes or Patterns
When making a dramatic color change or covering a high-contrast pattern, apply a coat of high-hiding primer before you paint to make the transformation easier.
Marks and Stains
Smoke, crayon, ink, grease and water stains are problems that need special attention. Cover them with a multipurpose, stain-blocking latex primer to prevent stains from bleeding through the top coat.
Bare wood needs to be sealed to ensure an even paint finish. Whether it's a wall, trim, door, cabinet, furniture or paneling, apply a coat of bare-wood primer before you paint.
Like unfinished wood, bare drywall needs to be sealed first to ensure a professional-looking finish. Apply a coat of latex primer-sealer before painting to even out texture variations between the drywall and tape joints.
A multipurpose spot primer is the ideal choice for covering small patched areas. It evens out texture variations, leaving you with a smooth surface for painting.