When paint doesn't cover an existing color or stain, it is said to have poor color hiding.
The failure of dried paint to obscure or "hide" a surface when it has been uniformly applied indicates either a low-quality paint or improper surface preparation.
What Causes Poor Color Hiding?
- Using low-quality paint
- Spreading paint too thinly or unevenly
- Thinning or diluting paint
- Use of an improper combination of tinting base and tinting color
- Poor flow and leveling
- Using incorrect or poor-quality tools
- Use of a paint that is much lighter in color than the substrate, or that primarily contains low-hiding organic pigments
- Application of paint at a higher spread rate than recommended
- Inadequately mixed paint
How to Avoid Poor Color Hiding
- Choose high-quality paints with high-hide capability, like our Aura® paints
- Avoid thinning your paint. Most paints are designed to be applied without thinners.
- If the substrate is significantly darker or is a patterned wallpaper, it should be primed before applying a top coat.
- If using tinted paint, use the correct tinting base. Where a low-hiding organic color must be used, apply a tinted primer first.
- Use high-quality brushes, rollers and other tools designed specifically for the job. If rolling, use the recommended roller nap.
- Follow manufacturer's recommendations on spread rate.
- Allow proper drying time between coats.
Note: Certain paint colors-such as yellows, reds, and oranges-inherently offer weaker color hiding. Follow the steps above to achieve the best paint hiding results.
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