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How to Tint Paint Primer Yourself

By: Joe Truini

When painting, it’s a good idea to tint the primer the color of the finished paint to reduce the number of coats needed. While a paint store can add colorant to the primer, you can also tint the primer yourself by adding some of the colored paint to it. Make sure the primer and paint are compatible before mixing the two together.

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  • Dave Galarneau Says:
    March 16th, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Looking for primer that goes on pink (or different shade) but dries white. Issue is walls with significant amount of joint compound. Thus, putting white primer on white compound sometimes leaves spots unprimed, or missed. Too late when applying topcoat to discover missed primed areas.



  • Neil Says:
    March 10th, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I bought 2 gallons of whit primer and when they tinted it for me, it came out 1/2 the color I wanted.
    How can I tint latex white primer myself.
    Please be precise.
    GOD bless and thanks a lot.



  • Martin Gaworecki Says:
    August 5th, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Just let the store do the tinting of the primer. The miniscule amount of paint you can add to the primer will make a barely perceptible change. Normally up to 2 ounces of pigment can be added per gallon and not affect adhesion. The pigments are ultra saturated and can make significant changes to the saturation and hue to all but the most intense/saturated colors. To be more direct adding paint to the primer is a rather stupid idea and I advise against do so.


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How to Tint Paint Primer Yourself