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Old 10-13-2012, 01:08 PM   #1
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Bright Red

Any advice for painting over bright red interior bedroom walls?

Painted the room red for our oldest daughter, and I remember it took about 4 coats to finally cover the original white.

Now, another daughter is moving into that room, and wants white walls.
Is this going to be another 4 coat process to completely cover the red?

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Old 10-13-2012, 01:11 PM   #2
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Re: Bright Red

Ask her if she wants pink instead.

I think it depends on the paint, how thick and the shade of red....and how picky you are.


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Old 10-13-2012, 01:37 PM   #3
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Re: Bright Red

The white will cover much better than the red. Dark, tinted bases like your red are almost clear before they are tinted. And tint covers poorly. Titanium dioxide is what gives a paint good coverage, and it's white.

Just pick a good quality paint and you might make it in two coats, but be prepared to do three because of the drastic color change.
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Re: Bright Red

Real red is a stock sw color. Paint it grey primer then white.
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Old 10-13-2012, 03:39 PM   #5
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Re: Bright Red

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Real red is a stock sw color. Paint it grey primer then white.
Yep. Tint a stain blocking primer grey and you should be good to go.
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Re: Bright Red

I typically have them load primer with as much W as they're allowed to create a "high-hiding" primer. We'd had good luck with that.

Going the other way, from white to red, I learned a trick from an auto painter years ago: paint it black first. In our experience, that saves many coats of red.


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