How to Cover Dark Red Paint


A fresh coat of paint can add new life and visual appeal to a room. Painting is a fairly straightforward project that many homeowners take on regularly. However, when a dark color like red has been applied to the walls and the new paint color is lighter, it is necessary to include an extra step to properly prepare the wall. Without preparation, the old red color will potentially bleed through the new color.

Things You'll Need

  • Drop cloth
  • Painter's tape
  • Primer
  • Roller
  • Brush
  • Lighter color paint
  • Place drop cloths on the floor and on furniture to prevent damage from primer and paint splatters. Tape off any molding and other objects you don't want to paint.

  • Open a can of quality water-based primer. Stir the primer with a wood paint-stirring stick to thoroughly mix the primer before using.

  • Apply a thin coat of primer to the red wall with a roller or paintbrush. Allow the primer to dry following the manufacturer's recommendations for drying time. Apply a second thin coat of primer with the roller or brush and once again allow to dry.

  • Open the can of lighter-colored wall paint. Mix the paint thoroughly with a wood paint-stirring stick before using.

  • Paint a small area of the primed wall with the lighter color paint as a test. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly and examine the area to determine if the red color will show or bleed through.

  • Continue painting with the lighter-color wall paint if the red does not show through. If the red does show through, apply a third coat of primer to the wall. Allow all coats of primer or paint to thoroughly dry before applying another coat.

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