What Colour Undercoat? Bold Colours Need the Right Undercoat!

What Colour Undercoat

Painting a Bold Colour? You Need the Right Colour Undercoat!

Knowing what colour undercoat to use is an important part of ensuring that your paint job looks smooth and effective, especially when you’re using bold paint colours.  

By choosing the right undercoat colour, you can avoid colour problems and surface issues that could shorten the life of your paint job or change the final look of your colours.  

But why does undercoat colour matter so much, and what colour undercoat should you choose? Read on to find out the secrets to undercoat success!  

Why does undercoat colour matter?

When working with bold colours, undercoat colour can have an influence on many aspects of your paint job, so it’s important to make your decision wisely.   

An undercoat is designed to operate as a base layer for your paint job. By applying an undercoat, you’re establishing a uniform blank canvas that evens out surface imperfections and poor colour distribution before you start working to achieve a final look.  

The right primers and undercoats enable paint to achieve higher-quality finishes. Using the right undercoat colour can improve colour depth and paint vibrancy. This means that your final colour will be a closer match to the colour card that helped you choose it. This is especially important if your walls are already dark.  

What happens when you choose the wrong colour?

If you don’t choose the right colour for your undercoat, this can have a detrimental effect on the final results of your paint job.  

A poor undercoat colour choice may alter the colour depth and paint distribution of your top coat. Your paint may be more likely to appear uneven, and its final colour may not align with your vision for the space.  

In some cases, a poor choice of undercoat colour may even affect paint durability, meaning that your final colour could be more likely to fade quickly, especially if exposed to the elements.  

What colour undercoat should you use?

There are many different undercoat colours you can use: blue, red, silver, black, gold, white, grey.  

In most cases, grey and white paint are the best choices for an undercoat, as these colours are least likely to interfere with the colour of your top coat. However, other colours can also be used.  

If you’re painting your walls a bright lemon colour, white paint is your best undercoat choice. If you’re aiming for a bright red final finish, a light grey tinted undercoat is usually a better choice.  

Do you need help painting your space for the best results?
Contact AJ Cochrane & Sons today to find out how we can help! 

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