Wall primer – Why is it essential?

Date: April 8, 2022

Wall primer is a popular term and product in the home painting business. But what is it and how does it matter whether we use a primer or not? Well to find answers to these questions and help you use primer for the right reasons, we have short listed some key points for your perusal.

1) What is a primer?

In simple terms, primer does exactly what the name means. It helps improve the quality of your wall by filling in gaps, fixing stains, correcting imperfections and most importantly, providing the top layer of paint with something to hold onto. Primer not only prepares the wall, but it also helps paint glide on better and stick on longer.

Now that you know what a primer is, it is crucial to understand when a primer is necessary and when it can be avoided. To figure this out, the next step is identifying the different uses and benefits of a primer.


2) Primer is key to prepping your wall before paint

Similar to cleaning your clothes before you wash them next, a goes on it. It ensures that tiny pores and unwanted bumps are covered and smoothened for the paint to look good when it is applied.


3) Conceals stains

Not only does a primer cover pores but it also that could peak through your paint, making it look tardy and unfinished even after two coats. Some walls are in bad shape before painted. Not only do they have pores and stains but they also have plaster peeling off and the surface looks uneven. Wall Primer fixes bad walls back into shape and fit enough for a fresh coat of paint.


4) Wall Primers help paint over dark shades

Talking about the painting process, suppose the new shade you choose is much lighter than the existing one, it becomes a cause for concern since concealing dark colours with light shades is difficult to do. This is where a primer comes in handy. Wall Primers help paint over dark shades with the lighter shade being intact and undisturbed by the older paint.


5) Primers provide durability

One of the most important uses of a primer is undoubtedly the adhesion it provides to anything that comes on top of it. Although paint can stick to a wall by itself once dried, it requires something to bind with and hold to last longer and reminder ‘durable'. And what better than a primer to do that! Primers provide durability to your wall paints by making sure it has something to hold to and stick on.


Now that it is clear what this undercoat does and skipping it is a mistake you don’t want to make, is there any scenario in which it can be avoided?

The answer is, yes.

Typically, primers are as essential when you paint a wall for the first time, when it is stained, if the paint to be covered is darker than the new one, if the wall is in a bad shape or if the paint requires an adhesive.

But in cases when walls are in good shape, have zero to little stain on them or are painted a colour similar to the new one, priming is not essential. It can be slipped then but experts will also recommend a primer no matter what the Wall’s condition is. Because after all, durability is a factor that cannot be ignored and priming provided just that.

With priming down and flawless walls acting as your canvas, painting will not only be easier but also provide the perfect finish you are looking for. Jenson and Nicholson’s water thinnable primer is one such primer that is easy to apply, lasts long and can leave your walls appearing flawless.