Any Advice For Painting With Bold Colours?

If you’ve ever worked with paint, you’ll know that there are a few colours that naturally are harder to get right. Typically strong yellows, blues, greens, reds and oranges fall into this category. This is typically due to the hiding power of the pigments used in the colourants. Often it can take additional coats in these colours to achieve a good finish. By using a coloured primer first we can optimise material costs and also reduce the time taken to achieve the desired finish (by applying fewer coats). When choosing the primer shade, the best result can be achieved when we ensure that:

- The primer shade is a different colour from the required topcoat
- The primer is from the same colour family as the topcoat
- The primer shade is lighter than the shade of the topcoat (A primer darker than the topcoat might result in a cloudy impression)

Example: When your topcoat is a strong yellow like RAL 1021, a primer shade like TVT 4005 should be used. Please see Tikkurila’s full range of primer shades here which have been designed to achieve optimum results. If you are unsure about which primer shade you should be using, please contact our technical line by phone, e-mail or webchat.

See Tikkurila range of primer colours here

If you require more advice on painting bold colours, please give our technical team a call on 0131 334 4999 or send a message here.

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