When is it Time to Prime?
  • Common materials for any priming project include:
  • Paint tray and liners
  • Paintbrush or roller
  • Painter's tape
  • Drop cloth
  • Cleanup products
  • You might also need:
  • Scraper- to remove peeling paint
  • Sandpaper to scuff a glossy surface or even out rough areas
  • Caulk- to fill in gaps
  • 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.

Unfinished Surfaces

Bare wood, fiber cement siding, concrete block and masonry, and aluminum or vinyl gutters and downspouts all need to be sealed to ensure an even paint finish. Choose a latex primer to promote a longer-lasting, better-looking finish, and to help prevent premature peeling.


Glossy Surfaces

Glossy painted surfaces such as front doors, shutters and trim should be primed to prevent the paint from peeling. Choose a latex or oil-based bonding primer formulated for glossy surface adhesion.

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