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When To Use Prep Paint (aka Primer)

To prime, or not to prime? That is the question

Primer, or Prep as we call it at Tint, can get you asking a lot of questions. So we've pulled together some top tips to get you in the know when it comes to mastering that perfect paint prep.


Prep paint, what exactly is it?

Prep paint is a type of paint that’s used to prepare a surface before painting your final finish. Tint’s Prep is suitable for interior and exterior projects and like all Tint paints, our Prep paint is vegan, doesn’t smell and is low VOC.  Here are some of extra benefits you can expect from our Prep paint:

  • Fast drying
  • Easy to sand
  • Seals the surface underneath
  • Provides the ideal surface for painting onto
  • Increases the durability of your final finish
  • High coverage (AKA reduces the amount of coats needed)
  • Gets colours poppin’


When to use Prep

It depends what you’re painting. If you’re painting a pre-painted wall in good condition and there isn’t a big colour change, then primer isn’t usually needed. That’s if you’re using Tint paint, because ours are self-priming *winks* *tips paint can lid*.

That said if you want to go the extra mile, a single coat of prep paint will prepare your surface for the perfect finish and make sure your colour is just right.

Prep is really important when you’re making big, big changes. So make sure you apply two coats of Tint Prep paint if you’re painting any of these surfaces:

  • Large marked or stained walls
  • Walls with repaired patches (if it’s bigger than a coin)
  • Previously painted high-gloss surfaces
  • Previously painted surfaces in a darker colour or extremely different colour
  • Previously unpainted surfaces such as bare plasterboard, brick, masonry, MDF, cement sheet, render or wood


Yep to prep

Priming doesn't take that much more effort, so we give it a big thumbs up if you're after a super long lasting and pro quality paint job.

The brunt work is really in prepping the space with cleaning, repairing, crack-filling, removing furniture and taping edges. When that's done, let the Prep paint roll right on with ease.

Happy prepping!

– Tint


We love talking paint — email any questions to help@tintpaint.com.au to get the conversation rolling!

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