How do I cover a bright colour with white paint?

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Anonymous asked 10 years ago

I’m painting a living room from red to white. I have already painted the area three times and will need to paint it another couple of times. How can I avoid having to do this again?

2 Answers
JT Creations, LLC answered.

When we have a significant color change, we will use a light gray primer. Not that gray is the perfect background color, just that it does not "shine" through any color the way reds, whites or yellows seem to. I am able to request from the local paint dealer to add an ounce of black tint for lighter colors and as much as 3 ounces of black tint when finishing with deeper colors. They allow this for me as they know my experience in the paint industry. Some may be hesitant as they will be concerned with the liability in case the customer has problems. If you will assure them you will not attempt to return the primer, they should accommodate your request.

MagicDave answered.

First of all you need to use a High Quality Paint… like Sherwin Williams Classic-99 … using other so called "good" Paints will result in the problem that you have… So now the best solution to cover red (which is BTW probably the most difficult color to cover) is to give the surface a "prime wash coat" using the High Quality Paint selected… just "briskly" cover the surface, not paying attention to complete coverage… after it drys, finish with the same Paint, applying a good heavy coat to cover… this "wash coat" and finish technique should do the trick…