Poor color hiding occurs when paint fails to obscure or hide the surface to which it is applied.
The capability of a paint to hide existing colors and its correct application make all the difference for good interior painting results. With quality, high-hiding paint and proper preparation, you can achieve excellent coverage of your surfaces.
What Causes Poor Hiding of Colors?
- Using low-quality paint
- Spreading paint too thinly or unevenly
- Thinning or diluting the paint
- Improper priming
- Painting a porous or absorbent surface
- Using incorrect or poor quality tools
- Inadequately mixed paint
How to Avoid Poor Hiding of Colors
- Choose high quality paints with high hide capability
- Avoid thinning your paint. Most paints are designed to be applied without thinners.
- Use the correct primer. If you are making an extreme color change, painting a much lighter color over a darker one, or are painting on an extremely porous surface, apply a second coat of primer tinted with the color of your finish coat.
- Use high quality brushes, rollers and other tools designed specifically for the job
- 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 result.
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