Priming Drywall With Latex Paint

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Priming drywall with latex paint is something that you do instead of using a basic primer. Prime drywall with latex paint with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Good day, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement, and this is how to prime a wall with latex paint. A good way to use up some of that old paint is to go ahead and use it as primer. But you have to keep in mind that you always want to go lighter with the primer than you do with the paint. So make sure that the paint that you're using to prime is a little bit lighter than that final coat. For this job I'm going to be using some latex paint, a paint tray, a roller, and a 3/8 inch nap head. So we've gone ahead and stirred up our old paint and we're just going to pour it into our tray. Now after our paint's in the tray we're going to take our roller and begin to soak it with the paint. We push it into the paint, move it back so that way it gets all over the entire roller with no real heavy spots of the paint. We want it to go on there nice and smooth. So your roller won't hold a lot of paint right now because it's a fresh roller. But as you get going it'll start to hold more paint and you can go further with it. So we'll take our roller, place it on the wall and work our way up and down. You don't want to work side to side because that's going to leave streaks going horizontal. You want all your streaks to be vertical because they're a lot easier to hide. So we'll put it on there, work our way across and we don't want one spot real thick. Now remember this is just a primer so it doesn't have to coat perfectly. It just has to coat enough to where that way when you put you final coat on it'll blend really easily. So we'll go across here and we'll roll it and you don't want to push hard. That's going to end up ruining your head and causing a lot of streaks. So after you start to leave some spots on your head, go ahead and get some more paint on there. Then we'll go back to the wall to the side and we always want to overlap where we just finished painting. That way it blends really easily. And we'll go as far as we can before we have run out of paint and then we'll work our way back through here and make sure that the two different areas where we put new paint on are blending. Now remember when you're priming it doesn't have to look like a finished wall when you're done. You can still see parts of the under wall behind the paint. That's OK. Because when you put your final coat on there it's going to cover all that. And priming just helps to give it a little bit softer look to the wall so that way it doesn't look so harsh when you look at it. Thank you all for watching and good luck on this project.


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