All-in-One Primer/Paint Gimmick:

There are many painting manufacturers marketing paint-and-primer-in-one or all-in-one primer and paint. You’ll notice that most, if not all, of these manufacturers sell their products at the big box hardware stores such as Lowe’s, Home Depot and Ace Hardware to name a few. These products are designed by the manufacturer to give the appearance of higher quality when in reality the paint is of low quality and generally does not cover or perform as one would think. As a professional painting contractor in Fort Collins, I have the responsibility to learn about new products from vendors, suppliers and manufacturers to make sure that I’m providing the best quality paint job to my customers.

Primers are numerous and have different functions. There are oil-based primers, stain-blocking primers, metal primers, high-build primers, PVA primers, rust-inhibiting primers and more. There are different primers because they are chemically formulated to adhere to a particular substrate and/or provide good adhesion for a top-coat. The only time a primer is required is when the substrate does not have any coating on it. A couple examples are bare wood or metal. If you are painting interior or exterior surfaces that are already painted, there is generally no need to prime before applying the top coat(s). The top-coat is formulated to provide hide, UV stability and resistance, and water repellancy while being elastic enough to endure the contraction and expansion of the substrate. Interior paint does not necessarily require UV resistance but still has to have excellent hide and film strength.

Essentially, what I’m trying to say is ‘don’t fall for the all-in-one primer and paint gimmick’. It’s unnecessary and typically ends up with you purchasing inferior products. I’m just one of many Fort Collins painting professionals, so feel free to ask another reputable house painter. I also bet you wouldn’t find a professional painter standing in line at your local big-box store buying paint. A local paint store is where you’ll find high-quality products and the professional painting contractors, at least in Northern Colorado.

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