May 21, 2019


Thursday, July 07, 2005
I think I learned something today... never paint a room red.

After another coat of primer and two coats of red, the walls still look very bad. I'm thinking it is going to take 5 or 6 coats to get decent coverage.

But why is it so bad? We did Neo's room in 2 coats and we didn't use a primer at all. The only difference was the color was blue.

So, I turned to Google, and found many other people with the same problem. For some reason, red paint just doesn't cover like other paints. After a bit of research, the best explanation I have seen is that the magenta pigment that is used commercially for house paints is inherently transparent. This explains why painting a room red requires so many coats of paint... AND a primer before you even start!

Now I know why many people avoid red rooms. I was hoping to have the painting done by yesterday. Now it looks like we will be painting until next Wednesday or Thursday.

Here is what it looks like after 2 thick coats of red on top of 2 coats of tinted primer.

Next time... blue, green, orange, brown... not red.


Anonymous barlow said...

One thing I found was that the flat, highest-grade red from Sears really covered quickly - two coats on bare drywall looked great; I couldn't believe it. You put out quite a bit of money per gallon for it, but the savings in time and frustration (and coats) is worth it.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Joni said...

I am painting my first red room too and I too am hating the red. I was wondering why the red wasn't covering as well as the blue and pinks I'd used in other rooms, so the part about the magenta tint makes SO much sense! The red IS more transparent than the other colors. Thanks for sharing!

11:16 PM  

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