Our painters at Court-Hampton Painting try to avoid situations where they have to paint four or five coats on walls when painting with bright colours, here are some pointers so you don’t have to either.
Certain paint colours cover very poorly, especially yellow and red or variations on those colours such as orange.
Before painting with bright colours our painters always get an actual paint sample of the colour selected and paint some on the wall or surface being painted. This practice ensures the customer gets a very good idea of how the bright colour looks in the room as the paint chips can be deceiving.
Once the paint colour has been decided ( in this case Tangy Orange 2014-30 by Benjamin Moore ) our painters have to decide on the proper primer.
In a previous post on this website: Painting With Red Paint , we discussed the old school way of picking primer for red paint by tinting the primer various shades of grey and using complimentary colours to create neutrals that will help the paint colour cover in less coats. That advice is still relevant today and will work very well.
Here is a picture of the yellow base Aura Color Foundation that was tinted to the exact colour of Tangy Orange. It also comes in a Red Colour Foundation. Basically the Yellow Colour Foundation takes care of all the bright yellow and most orange paint colours in Benjamin Moores colour palette and the Red Colour Foundation takes care of the reds and pinks and the remainder of the orange colours.
You can find the exact colours these primers can be tinted to at the Aura Color Foundation page on Benjamin Moores website.
It is worthy to note that this primer is only recommended to be top coated with Aura paint by Benjamin Moore and is a interior and exterior primer.
Our painters gave this primer system rave reviews and said the paint covered very well with two coats over the colour foundation. The paint almost covered in one coat over the primer which is rare when painting with bright colours.
Although our painters haven’t tried this primer on a glossy surface for an adhesion test or on an exterior painting job, we were impressed.
Court-Hampton Painting will definitely be using the Aura Color Foundation primer system when painting with bright colours made by Benjamin Moore in the future.