How to Cover Gray Paint

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Dreary colored walls, such as dark gray, can make a room appear small and dull. A gray wall can provide you with a somewhat neutral palette to plan your decor. However, over time, gray walls may look dull or lifeless. If you want to liven up the walls, you can easily paint over them. There are some misconceptions that dark or gray paint will take many coats to cover. You can cover gray paint with only a few coats using a good primer and wall preparation.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint scraper
  • Wet or damp cloth
  • Tinted high grade primer
  • Paintbrushes
  • Rollers
  • Paint trays
  • Paint
  • Prepare the wall surface. Remove any peeling, chipping or bubbling paint from the wall with the paint scraper. Wipe the area with a damp cloth to cleanse away debris. Allow the wall to dry.

  • Pour some primer in the paint tray. Don't fill the tray completely to the top.

  • Dip your roller into the primer and begin coating the gray wall. Use a paintbrush to paint the corners of the wall. Allow the primer to dry and add a second coat of primer. Allow the wall to dry.

  • Pour some paint in a different paint tray. Change your paint roller to a clean one.

  • Dip the roller into the paint and paint over the primer. Finish the edges and corners with your paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry fully. If you can no longer see gray paint, you are finished. If you still can see gray paint, add a second coat. If your wall color is a light or medium gray, two coats of primer and one coat of paint should be enough.

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