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Do I need to prime every time I paint my walls?

Is it really necessary?


No. Primers are not always needed when repainting. If you are repainting a similar color, you can lightly scuff-sand the walls to remove any gloss and then clean the surface. Once that is completed, you can simply repaint over the existing latex coating. More than one coat may be needed for uniformity. Please note that switching sheens or drastic color changes may require a primer to minimize the amount of topcoats used. Additionally, a wall containing stains may be harder to cover. To ensure complete coverage, consider using a paint and primer in one product.
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