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.
ECOS Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner is a water based, clear conditioner which promotes the uniform penetration of ECOS Stain, particularly on porous woods. For use as the first step in a stain project, this conditioner reduces blotching, streaking, and grain raising to ensure an even stain color. Ideal for softwoods such as poplar, maple, pine, and cherry. May be mixed with Wood Stain to reduce the opacity of color. ...More Details
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ECOS wood conditioner is designed to prevent stain blotching and streaking, and to ensure an even stain color. Ideal for softwoods such as poplar, maple, pine, and cherry.
- ✔ 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.
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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, grease, glue, 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) working your way to fine-grade sandpaper (#220). Do not use steel wool. Wipe clean with a damp cloth to remove all sanding dust, and let dry thoroughly before applying the stain. Always spot test on an inconspicuous area to ensure satisfactory results and color.|
|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. High humidity and cool temperatures may result in longer dry and recoat times. Clean application tools with warm soapy water. Apply in the direction of the wood grain using a clean, lint-free cloth, high quality synthetic bristle brush, a foam brush, or lamb’s wool applicator (for floors). Maintain a wet edge. Allow to penetrate for one to three minutes. Once the conditioner has been applied go over the same section with a clean lint-free cloth to remove any excess, wiping in the direction of the grain with an even pressure. Do not allow conditioner that has not penetrated the wood to dry on the surface. After the Wood Conditioner has been dry for 15 to 30 minutes, lightly sand the surface with fine-grade sandpaper (220 grit) to smooth any raised grain, then remove all sanding dust. The surface is now ready for staining with ECOS Stain.|
|Coverage||220 sq. ft. per gallon|