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How to Tint Primer

Posted by cosiegirl (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 18, 11 at 15:12

We've done a fair amount of painting but it only recently occurred to us to actually tint the primer. But I'm not sure how that is done?

If we purchase Bullseye 123 from HD, what do I ask for as far as tint? I actually haven't chosen my paint color yet but it will be a medium beige likely from Ben Moore. Do I color match the primer to the paint color or does tinting primer done a few shades lighter??

The last thing I want to do is get advice from an employee at HD so I want to understand - thanks!

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RE: How to Tint Primer

Take it to the Bem Moore store and tell them what you are doing, They will tint it for you.

RE: How to Tint Primer

Take HD the paint chip and have them tint the primer to about 50% of the final color.

RE: How to Tint Primer

I believe Bullseye has a limit of 2oz of tint. Even a HD employee should know this or be able to read it on the can. For most colors the 50% of the full formula works. Dark colors are another matter.

RE: How to Tint Primer

Even a HD employee should know this or be able to read it on the can.

I would not bet on it.

RE: How to Tint Primer

Thanks everyone!

RE: How to Tint Primer

I hate to break up some common misconceptions here...!

Tinting a primer isn't needed for 75% of the colors out there!

Most people tend to fall into the trap of thinking..."Well, if I tint my primer, it'll save me a topcoat"!
OR..."I can push my paint farther, because my primer matches the topcoat"!


If you perceive the need to tint primer under a Beige (or ANY medium color), you may be painting TOO THIN.
Light & medium tint-bases are opaque enough if not pushed too thinly. If you're applying paint at proper rates, there's no reason in the world to tint a primer.

Under some Deep, Vivid, & Neutral-base colors...YES, tinted primer will help. As Jessicaml states, regular 123 has a 2oz./gal. tint-limit. There are deep-tint primers available if you need to do a percentage of an actual color.

>>> If you're not pushing a properly loaded roller past 2'x3' (3'x3' MAX), you're getting paint on properly, and won't need tinted primer.


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