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A Guide to Painting Over Dark Colors

A Guide to Painting Over Dark Colors

Painting Over Dark Colors

Colors are trending, from light and airy neutrals to bold, vibrant colors. Many homeowners are refreshing their homes with new paint because it’s a relatively inexpensive way to update the home. If you’re also looking to renovate your home without a costly renovation, you may find yourself wanting to cover over a wall that is already a dark color.

While painting over dark colors is not as easy as just slapping another coat of paint on top, it’s still a fairly simple process that only requires a couple extra steps for success. Whether you’re looking to paint over a dark wall with a lighter shade or a different color altogether, here are some ways to ensure beautiful results.

Prepare the Walls

Just like any paint project, it’s important to prepare your walls before you start painting. Otherwise, your paint may end up peeling or flaking, and you’ll have to re-paint sooner than you would like. Prepare your walls by cleaning them with a damp cloth and all-purpose cleaner to get rid of dust and grime, and scrape away peeling or flaking paint. Repair cracks, and fill any holes with dry spackling. Next, sand your walls so that they are smooth and ready for painting.

It is especially important to sand down your walls if the last paint used had a glossy or high-gloss finish, or if there was a high-sheen topcoat used, as a new coat will have a hard time adhering to those surfaces. Make sure to also sand down any edges from stencils or previous paint lines; any existing textures on your wall will show through the new paint. Clean, smooth walls will help your new paint stick better and ensure a top-notch paint job.

Use the Right Primer

Once your walls are ready for painting, it’s time to prime. Primer generally comes in white or grey, depending on your final color choice. Use a white primer if you are painting over a dark wall with a lighter color, and a grey primer if you are painting over your wall with a bolder or vibrant color. Primers will help prevent the existing color from bleeding through. Depending on how dark the original color of your wall is, you may need one or two coats of primer.

Another option is to buy self-priming paint. This saves you the step of having to prime your walls before painting. High-quality self-priming paint should be able to cover dark colors in just two coats.

Paint Multiple Coats

One of the main keys to successfully painting over dark colors is to paint multiple coats. Whether you’re using a primer or self-priming paint, you will likely need to use at least two coats of paint. Make sure to wait until each coat of paint is dry before adding the next coat of paint to get the best painting results!

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