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How to Paint Over Dark Colors

calander Oct 14 , 2019 user-icon Nash Painting

Dark colors can make for cozier interior spaces, but sometimes we want to lighten up. Painting over a darker paint color with a lighter one can be challenging, though. You want to ensure that the previous coat stays covered and doesn’t show through the new color. While this takes a bit more effort than doing the reverse (painting over a lighter color with a dark one), it’s completely doable if tackled the right way. Here’s how to paint over dark colors with lighter shades.

Cleanliness Counts

As with any paint job, your first step should be to thoroughly clean each surface. By removing dust, dirt, grease, and loose paint, you will help the new coat of paint cling to the material. You can use a cloth or duster to get started. For a deeper clean, scrub the walls with a cleaning solution and then scrape any paint that’s peeling away.

Smooth Things Over

Once your surfaces are clean, they must still be sanded down. Doing so will increase paint adherence, minimize sheen from the old paint that might show through, and remove some of the previous dark pigment. Don’t use too much force when sanding, though, as you might end up damaging the surface itself.

Prime Time

Priming is an integral part of any residential interior painting project, but it’s especially key when painting over dark colors. Think of primer as a buffer between the old and the new. Use a light-colored primer or one that shares a similar color to the paint you’ll be using. This will act as a sort of first coat that introduces a lighter base for the paint to go over. Some interior painting contractors may even use an all-in-one primer/paint to act as the initial coat and save some time and resources.

Apply One, Two, or Three Coats of High-Quality Paint

When it’s finally time to paint, make sure you’re using high-quality paint and have enough product to cover multiple coats. The number of coats you’ll need will depend on several factors, such as how dark the previous color was vs. how light the new one is; the quality, thickness, and finish of the new paint; the type and color of primer used; and more. Always make sure that the previous coat has fully dried before applying a new one. If you’re on the fence about adding another coat, it’s usually best to go ahead anyway to ensure full coverage. Of course, interior painting services can also help you determine how many coats of paint you’ll need after priming.

Lighter colors make a room feel bigger and look brighter. Don’t be intimidated by your dark interiors. By following the steps above, you can completely transform your space without a trace of the past bleeding through. If you need help in this effort, enlist the help of local interior painters. Nash Painting helps homeowners and business owners in and around Nashville update their property both inside and out. No matter your needs, this Nashville painting company has the experience and resources to help. For more about us, our services, and our values, call us at (615) 829-6858 today!