Do I need a primer for this color?
Some colors, especially yellows, reds and oranges, and other dark accent colors, are considered to be “poor hiding” colors. That means they usually need a primer because, despite their strong, vibrant color, they’re not good at hiding the color they’re covering.
Using a grey (under dark colors) or tinted (under light colors) primer can help you avoid having to apply multiple coats of paint. A tinted primer helps prepare the existing surface for color. You’ll typically only need to apply two coats of paint over tinted primer to get that perfect result. ECOS colors that benefit from additional coats or a tinted primer are marked in our color library (select Fan Deck View) with a roller icon
Still trying to figure out if you need a primer? Click here to print a zig-zag patterned card you can use to test your paint sample.
Please note: this guidance is specifically related to color selection. We recommend using one of our primers if painting over a higher gloss finish, a darker color, or applying an accent color, or if applying over bare or heavily sanded surfaces.
Painting Tips to Improve “Hide"
- Choose a high-quality paint like ECOS.
- Combine multiple cans of the same color before painting.
- Stir paint thoroughly before painting.
- Don’t thin or dilute the paint with water.
- Use the correct primer as described above, or when you’re applying paint over a porous surface.
- Spread the paint evenly and smoothly.
- Allow the full drying time between coats.
- Use high-quality brushes, rollers, and tools.
Interior Semi-Gloss Tinted Varnish
ECOS Interior Semi-Gloss Tinted Varnish is a medium to high sheen, tinted, protective finish that dries to a hard, washable, durable film ideal for wood floors, window frames, doors, trim, and furniture, without the polyurethane odors and harmful fumes found in conventional products. Not recommended for oily woods such as Teak, Rosewood, and Olive....More Details
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ECOS Interior Semi-Gloss Tinted Varnish is a medium to high sheen, tinted, protective finish that dries to a hard, washable, durable film ideal for wood floors, window frames, doors, trim, and furniture. Not recommended for oily woods such as Teak, Rosewood, and Olive.
Tinted Varnish is the simplest way to protect your floors, furniture or trim and contains 20% of the pigment formula of our ECOS Wood Stain colors. In just three coats your woodwork will be beautifully tinted and protected.
ECOS Tinted Varnish does not have the polyurethane odors and harmful fumes commonly found in traditional products, so you can apply it more safely. Invest in a quality varnish today.
- ✔ Zero VOC1
- ✔ No Odor2
- ✔ Non-Toxic3
- 1Conforms to CDPH 01350 (VOC emissions test taken at 14 days).
- 2No traditional paint (polyurethane) odor, which can cause headaches, nausea, and respiratory issues.
- 3Conforms to ASTMD-4236, specifically concerning oral toxicity, skin irritation and respiratory effects.
Interior Semi-Gloss Tinted Varnish
Add all surfaces to be painted then remove openings, like doors and windows
|Preparation||Good surface preparation is vital for the perfect finish. Surfaces should be clean, dry, and free from any dirt, dust, flaking pieces, or contaminants. Repair any cracks, holes, or imperfections. Sand the wood in the direction of the grain to obtain a smooth uniform surface. First use a medium-grade sandpaper (120 grit) working your way to fine-grade sandpaper (220 grit). Do not use steel wool. Wipe clean with a damp cloth to remove all sanding dust, and let dry thoroughly before applying the varnish. Always spot test on an inconspicuous area to ensure satisfactory results.|
|Application and Clean Up||Stir thoroughly before and during use to eliminate any settling. Do not shake. Do not thin. Do not apply in temperatures below 50oF. Dries to the touch in 30 to 60 minutes. Recommended wait time between coats is 2 to 4 hours. High humidity and cool temperatures may result in longer dry and recoat times. Clean application tools with warm soapy water. For application on window frames, doors, trim and furniture: apply a thin coat of varnish using a high quality synthetic bristle brush, or foam brush. Do not allow the varnish to puddle, or over-brush the finish. Once dry, lightly sand the entire surface with fine sandpaper (220 grit) to ensure an even finish and proper adhesion. Remove all dust. Apply a second coat. Allow 24 hours before light use. For application on wooden floors, use a lambswool or synthetic pad applicator, and maintain a wet edge to avoid lap marks. Apply three coats, sanding between coats. Avoid heavy traffic and replacing of furniture for 72 hours after the final coat. When replacing furniture, do not slide, and use felt protectors under table and chair legs to avoid scratching. Do not install rugs, or clean floors for seven days.|
|Maintenance||To clean surfaces we recommend using warm water and a mild detergent. Do not use abrasive or harsh chemicals such as ammonia, vinegar, powdered all-purpose cleaners, Endust, Pledge, Murphy’s Oil Soap, any type of wax, or silicone based products. Do not steam clean. Do not allow water to stand on the floor for extended periods of time.|
|Coverage||500 sq. ft. per gallon|
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