(Closed) Painting and Priming question?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve tried it, and haven’t been thrilled with the “paint and primer in one”.  What I found was I ended up needing to do several coats of the paint before the walls looked nice and even.  I’d rather just do one coat of tinted primer and one coat of high quality paint and call it a day.  

Post # 4
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I love Behr P&P in one but never used it on fresh drywall..

Post # 5
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My mom used P&P for her last project. And then swore to never use it again. On fresh drywall, even using seperate primer and paint, you might need more than 1 coat of each, since it’ll soak it up more than painted walls.

Post # 6
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

We used the P&P on our house in 3 rooms.  But those rooms were painted obnoxiously.  We used a coat of primer and then one coat of P&P, and only needed touchups. 

Post # 7
2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Alway prime on fresh drywall.

I use Benjamin Moore Aura exclusively, which is a super premium paint.  The first time on any wall, I always primed.  When I repainted, I didn’t prime with Aura.  If I was using a lesser brand, I’d prime for a repainting.

Post # 8
4948 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’ve used the paint + primer in one and had good results. However, it wasn’t over straight drywall. I’d think the drywall would soak it up, so in my mind, it would be cheaper to coat the drywall with primer alone first.

Post # 9
8604 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I agree with the other bees, I’d prime over fresh drywall.

Post # 10
9954 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

mink: —> THIS

Fresh Drywall… is not the same as other surfaces that have already been painted previously.

Fresh Drywall… will suck up paint like crazy.  You most certainly have to therefore “prime” the walls BEFORE you get to the stage of considering paint colours / decor.

Infact, you may have to give your NEW Drywall… a couple of coats of Primer before you are ready to paint !!

Here is a link to an excellent article I found by GOOGLING about Drywall… the prep that is required BEFORE Painting, and the process to get a good coat on to the Fresh Drywall.


NOTE there are primers specifically made for Fresh Drywall… you should ask about them at your Home Reno Store (Home Depot, Lowes, Rona etc)

Hope this helps,


Post # 11
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mink:  me too! the Aura paint is great and covers beautifully.

Post # 12
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

@mink:  Same here.  I love Benjamin Moore and the various paint lines they have.  I’ve tried other brands that were more affordable or had the primer built in but I regretted it and vowed never to do it again. None of the brands I’ve tried have looked as great as Benjamin Moore.

Post # 13
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Raw drywall will really soak up stuff – you need to legitimately prime it before painting. I would recommend using a better brand than Behr, etc that you get at Home Depot/Lowes. Go talk to someone at Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore. It’s more expensive, but the coverage and wearability is a thousand times better – you’ll come out ahead in the end!

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