You don’t see your undercoat paint, but that doesn’t mean it’s not essential

A layer or two of undercoat paint on a wall seems like a lot of work for something you won’t see, but like any other preparatory step, without it, your project just won’t look as good or last as long.

The primary reasons for using an undercoat paint in any project – whether it is painting a room or a piece of furniture – is to ensure that the surface is sealed and that the surface is perfect for the final coat to adhere properly.

Here are some of the most common problems that result from a lack of undercoat paint:

  • A patchy paint job. Surfaces that haven’t been prepared properly are often highly absorbent. This is especially true for plastered walls and wooden surfaces. These materials will soak up the paint in places, leaving your surface looking unevenly painted.
  • The wrong colour. Colours on swatches are a reflection of that particular shade painted onto a white background. If you are painting over a previous paint job or onto a surface that is anything other than white, your colour isn’t going to come out the way you’d hoped. You may need to use more coats of paint than you previously thought and in many cases, you may have to start all over again.
  • Streaky surfaces. Undercoats ensure that the surface you are about to paint is smooth, even, white and non-absorbent. Without these qualities, the final coat you apply will streak according to the surface below it. The material you’re painting may seem even to the naked eye, but paint will react to it on a microscopic level.

Undercoat paint is the most important product when it comes to ensuring a quality, flawless finish. The last thing you want is to spend your budget on a beautiful finish coat, only to have it streak, get absorbed into the base material or come out a completely different colour!

Find out more about undercoat paint products by contacting Warrior Paints today.

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