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Primers and undercoats are the first coat of paint you will need to put on metal, wood such as MDF, and walls if the surface has never been painted before. By adding a primer, it creates a better bond when you paint the surface with your topcoat, giving a more hard-wearing finish. If you paint a new surface without primer, you may find that you will need more paint as the surface will soak up the paint. Some paints include a 2-in-1 paint and primer, so it's worth checking before you buy. You would more likely use an undercoat on a surface which has already been painted before, as it will still give a smoother finish by adding before applying the topcoat. You may also want to consider if the undercoat is for indoor or outdoor use, if you are looking for cover up odours and stains, and whether you need a water or oil-based primer. Water-based primers are typically better for blocking stains and for use on drywall and bare wood. Oil-based primers are better for surfaces that are used often such as doors.

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Both primers and undercoat can make a big difference in the outcome of decorating projects. They help to prepare the surfaces of your walls, ceiling and skirting to ensure that the paint adheres more easily and effectively, resulting in a smooth and even finish. They also allow the top coat of paint to last longer and provide an extra level of protection to the surface underneath. We have several different types of primer paint that cater to a variety of surface types, such as MDF, wood, plaster, plasterboard, tiles, walls, and metal. In addition, there are primers and undercoats that can help to conceal water stains from old leaks. Many products within this range are suitable for use in both indoor and outdoor projects and can, therefore, prepare and protect items such as external doors and windowsills. You can apply primers and undercoat using a spray, brush or roller, and many are designed to be used in areas of your home that experience high levels of humidity, like bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. Thanks to their quick drying time, you can use primer and undercoat all year round and apply the top coat of your chosen paint the same day.