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 Wood Stain is a water based, tinted, full bodied, solvent free, fast drying stain, ideal for wooden floors, window frames, doors, trim, and furniture. Available in several pre-mixed colors, without the harsh odors and harmful fumes commonly found in conventional products. Interior and exterior use.....More Details
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- Product Code: 700355464242
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ECOS Wood stain is a tinted, full-bodied, solvent-free, fast drying stain, ideal for wood floors, window frames, doors, trim, and furniture. Available in many pre-mixed colors.
- ✔ 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.
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). 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. 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. When working with more than one can, we recommend mixing together the contents of the cans to ensure color consistency. Apply stain 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 the stain to penetrate for no more than three minutes. Once the stain has been applied go over the same section with a clean lint-free cloth to remove any excess stain for an even color tone, wiping in the direction of the grain with an even pressure. Do not allow stain that has not penetrated the wood to dry on the surface. Any uneven color penetration can be blended. Rewet the surface with more stain and lightly rub the stain into the surface, blending light and dark areas. To darken color, apply a second coat after two hours, repeating the directions for application of the first coat. Do not sand between coats. For a large area like a floor, segregating it into smaller sections using painter's tape can make it easier to get an even finish. Section off an area by applying painter's tape along the edge of a line of boards. Stain this area, maintaining a wet edge and an even application until it is complete. Once one strip has been stained, move the tape to cover the edge of the stained section and repeat. Continue until the entire floor is finished. After a minimum of three hours (dry time may be extended due to heavy application, low temperatures or high humidity), complete your project by applying a protective finish of ECOS Varnish. For porous woods (such as Pine) apply ECOS Wood Conditioner and allow to soak in for five minutes. This will help to ensure even stain color and reduce grain raising on soft and hard woods. Remove any excess Wood Conditioner with a clean cloth. For best results, wait 15-30 minutes before lightly sanding the surface with a fine-grade sandpaper. This will help smooth any raised grain. Remove all sanding dust.|
|Coverage||420 sq. ft. per gallon|