Primer Impact on Shiny Paint Finish
After two long months of refinishing kitchen cabinets (used FPE and recommned this brand highly!), I'm getting ready to tackle the living room for the third time in a year.
I painted my living room this past winter with Valspar eggshell (matched for BM Mt. Rainey Gray). Two months before that, I painted a slightly darker blue BM Regal eggshell. Both times, the "eggshell" appears to have significantly more sheen than the other brands I've used in the past (Ralph Lauren). When the light hits the paint in the hallway, you can see every roller stroke. I hate it, so I'm planning to repaint with Farrow & Ball Pointing (Estate Emulsion).
I've got a couple of questions about using primer. I have a can of BIN (or is it 1-2-3?) that I decided not to use for the cabinets (used FPE primer instead). I've read before that once you have a sheen finish on the wall, it will always show throught even it you paint a matt finish paint over it. Is this trues?
Do I really need to prime over the blue/gray if I'm using a heavily pigmented paint like F&B. It's a much lighter creamy white color, so I really don't know. I painted a sample 1' X 2' board last night with this combination, and I really don't see the blue through the F&B Pointing, but I'm afraid it might be a different story once I get the entire wall covered! I've painted dozens of rooms over the years, but I've never primed a wall before.
Bottom line..... I'm exhausted from the cabinet work all summer! I believe in doing things the right way the first time, so I'll prime if I have to, but would like to skip this if it really isn't necessary. Maybe I already know the answer and just want the wonderful readers on the forum to convince me that it's not necessary. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.