Do I need to re-prime my walls before painting?
December 9, 2013 12:42 PM Subscribe
It's been a while since I primed my dining room walls, and I'm not sure if I need to re-prime my walls before painting. Advice paint experts?
posted by ratherbethedevil to Home & Garden (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
About a year and a half ago I stripped my dining room of all wall paper, repaired any damage, and then applied 2 coats of primer. Very good primer and not cheap. The room looked great, but very white. I was now ready to paint the walls my chosen color.
But then, life got in the way, and now, again, a year and a half later, I'm finally ready to paint (water based). As someone that knows very little about painting, should I re-prime the walls?
If the difference will be barely notable, or if it means the paint will looke good for 10 years instead of 12, I'm fine with not re-priming. But if this will make a noticible difference, I will reluctantly re-prime.
Any opinions would be appreciated. I would ask my local paint store, but I'm afraid they would push buying more primer regardless of need.