When is it time to prime?
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  • Paint tray and liners
  • Paintbrush or roller
  • Painter's tape
  • Drop cloth
  • Cleanup products
  • You might also need:
  • Caulk- to fill in gaps
  • 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.

Bold Colors

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.


Unfinished Wood

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.


New Drywall

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.


Patched Areas

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.

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