What You Need to Know About Primer

Primer PaintWhat’s the big deal about primer? Plenty, actually. To begin with, it’s important to know what primer is and what it’s used for.

Primer is the undercoat of paint. It gets the surface of what you’re about to paint “primed,” or ready, for paint to be placed on top. If your primer is not done correctly or worse, not at all, your paint job won’t be all that it could be. Think of primer as the mediator between your surface and your paint.

Choose the Correct Primer

The primer you choose will depend on the type of paint job you’re going to do and the type of surface you’ll do it on. For example, you’ll definitely want to use a primer if you’re going to be painting on:

  • Untreated wood surfaces
  • Untreated metal surfaces
  • Untreated drywall
  • Walls that have been patched up
  • Surfaces that have been stained
  • Any surfaces that are not smooth, such as knotted wood

The most common types of primer are acrylic-latex, alkyd-oil base, and tinted shellac. Let’s look at each of these.


You should use an acrylic-latex if you’ll be painting on drywall that has not been previously painted on. The color you choose should complement the color you will place over it.

In addition, if you’re going to change the current color of a painted surface from a dark color to something lighter, you’ll want to choose a primer that is also a light color. The same rule applies if you’re changing from a light color to a darker color, as well.

Alkyd-Oil Base

This is a very common type of primer and is good for a variety of surfaces and paint types. For example, oil-based primers work well on wood, metal, and steel. You can use them with acrylic paints as well as oil-based paints. In addition, they typically dry quickly, allowing you to start your paint job usually within an hour after application.

Tinted Shellac

Shellacs are good when you are going to paint on plastic, glass, or a laminated surface. However, before applying primer to these surfaces, they should be lightly sanded first, to ensure the primer will go on more smoothly.

Tinted shellacs are also good if the room or surface you’re painting has an unpleasant or strong odor, say from cigarette smoke. In addition, if the surface you’re painting has been previously stained due to water damage, for example, you’ll definitely want to apply a shellac primer first. Depending on the damage, you may need to apply more than one coat.

Final Thoughts

Using a good primer is important to ensure the surface you paint on won’t peel, crack, or flake. In addition, it will allow your new paint to adhere better and last longer than if you didn’t use a primer. It’s important when choosing a primer to consult with a painting professional. However, for simple jobs, following some basic guidelines can ensure that your finished paint job will look great and last a long time.

What the Color of Your Car Says About You

car-colorMost of us believe we choose the color of our car based on our favorite color or what looked best in the dealership showroom. However, did you know that the image you portray to the world can be affected by your vehicle’s color?

Remember, Tom Selleck as “Magnum, PI”? Do you recall the image in your mind when you first saw the red Ferrari he drove? The red color conveyed a handsome and sexy persona. Does your red car say the same about you? Or is your car lying?

Colors Associated with Particular Vehicle Types

Luxury cars are mostly associated with white or black. Family cars and minivans tend to be more popular in white, gray, or brown tints. Red is definitely the primary choice for sports cars. Hybrid vehicles tend to pervade the roadway in unique colors, including pastels.

Your Car Color Personality
As you drive down the road on your way to work or on a leisurely cruise through the countryside, what is your car saying about you? Specifically, what is your car’s color projecting to those you pass by?

  • Red – These color cars typically get more speeding tickets, even if you’re not driving a sports car. Why? You are seen as reckless or a daredevil that loves being “seen”. Well, I guess the cops are definitely noticing you.
  • Black – This is the color of empowerment. If your car is black, you are expected to excel in business and/or life and you enjoy the finest things in life.
  • White – Owners of white vehicles are viewed as valuing cleanliness and order. These owners value pure and pristine environments. White is the one color in the entire spectrum that most readily shows. Also, you can be viewed as an anti-creative type.
  • Silver – Silver is a precious metal and the choice of this color in your car shows that you seek prestige and value.
  • Gray – Well, gray is… gray. It’s the most neutral of colors. If you drive a gray automobile you will be seen as a somber, pragmatic person who does not enjoy risk.
  • Blue – Whatever the hue, you come across as calm, confident, and trustworthy.
  • Orange – You are artistic and can even be outlandish. Your local tax attorney will not be driving a car in this color.
  • Brown – Drivers of brown vehicles are seen as being down-to-earth but with style.
  • Yellow – There’s really only one reason someone drives a yellow car… he/she desires attention. Yellow is the color that can be seen the farthest away.
  • Green –The darker the hue, the more likely you are traditional. The lighter hue means you are closer to nature. Hence, the prevalence of light green hybrids.
  • Gold – This color implies warmth. Gold is a precious metal and has the same connotation as silver.

Does Your Car Match Your Personality?

The above are mere generalizations of the images you project of yourself simply by driving down the road. The next time you purchase a car, perhaps you should evaluate your personality first.

The Weirdest Car Paint Color Names of All Time

lemon-yellowIt is often said that an individual’s personality can be identified by their choice of dog breed and the color of their car. Some would go so far as to say that you are misrepresenting yourself by choosing the wrong dog or the wrong car color. After all, isn’t it true that both of these possessions tell the world a little something about you?

The next time you go shopping for a new car, ask yourself the question “what does this car color say about me?” To help you narrow down your choices, we’ve compiled a list of the weirdest car paint color names. These color names are all currently manufactured by well-known automobile companies.


Weird Car Paint Color #5 – Vert Tigo
Yes – you read correctly. The name is actually two separate words that quickly remind one of the Alfred Hitchcock movie or the feeling produced by a ride on the tilt-a-whirl. It is not known whether the name is intended to produce nausea or is simply describing the condition of the person who named it.

Weird Car Paint Color #4 – Red Oxide
No matter how this name is analyzed, it still means the same thing – rust! It is difficult to determine why anyone would want to paint their car with the color of rust unless, of course, they assume it will save them the trouble of repainting later.

Weird Car Paint Color #3 – Black Death
A paint color that depicts a plague is probably not the color name one should choose for an automobile – especially one with many safety features. It is unlikely that any person purchasing a new car would want to think about “black death” when they’re behind the wheel.

Weird Car Paint Color #2 – Burple

Does anything really need to be said about this unusual and rather unpleasant sounding combination of blue and purple? Some might say it’s a crime to paint a car any shade of purple.

Weird Car Paint Color #1 – Lemon Yellow
What were they thinking? Years ago someone came up with the term “lemon” to describe a poorly functioning car that nobody wants. Why would anyone use this same term to describe a paint color? Car salesmen have enough trouble selling cars without having to tell his or her customer that their car is painted like a lemon. There is one other paint color name that could fall into this same category for similar reasons – Titanic Blue.

There are many other questionable paint color names out there such as “stop light” and “post office red.” The key thing to remember is that a wise automobile buyer will consider the paint color name as much as they will take into account the miles per gallon! When all is said and done, more gasoline can be purchased but a bad reputation is hard to recover.

10 Signs Your Car Needs a New Paint Job

New Paint JobDoes your car need a new paint job? Very possibly – and perhaps for reasons you haven’t even considered! Here are 10 signs that a trip to the body shop could not only make your car shinier, but improve your life as well!

1. Your Car’s Nickname is “Old Scratch”

Old Scratch is a folk name for the devil, and all those deep scratches in your car’s finish may be a sign you need to repaint before they lead to rust and the diabolical deterioration of your car’s body.

2. Your Car Has a Fade

Whatever you think of the Fade haircut, a faded car is a sure sign your car needs a good paint job. Protect your fresh paint by having professional car waxes at least four times a year.

3. Your Car Looks Like It Has Sunburn

When the paint begins to peel away from your car’s basecoat, it’s time to act. Signs of peeling paint include discolored areas, paint bubbles or long-neglected chips in your car’s paint.

4. Your Car Bores You

A fresh paint job is a great way to jazz up your old wheels. A Ferrari Red station wagon? Why not? A good paint shop can usually match the color of your super-car dreams!

5. Your Car Always Looks Dirty

If you hate the car wash, consider a clever paint job! Silver and grey cars hide dust and road grime well, allowing you to wash them less often.

6. You Want More Dates

Men and women go for different car colors, according to a study conducted by iSeeCars. Think of paint as perfume for your car, and choose a new color to attract a potential mate. In order of preference, try red, orange, black or white, green to attract a man, and silver and brown, gold or beige to catch a woman’s eye.

7. You Want to Stay Cool and Green

From a green perspective, white and silver cars are cool – and black cars are bad news. The reason? Light-colored cars reflect sunlight and remain cooler, while dark cars absorb heat. Repaint in a light shade, and you’ll need less air-conditioning, increase fuel economy and decrease emissions.

8. You Want to Look Richer

Move yourself a step closer to the luxury vehicle you covet, by offering your current car a luxury paint job! Industry surveys show that most luxury cars are either silver or white. Color yourself wealthy!

9. You Want to Be Richer

To assure maximum resale value for your car, get a silver, white, black or gray paint job. Colors like purple, orange or bright yellow can put you at a disadvantage in the resale market, lowering your car’s value by hundreds or even thousands of dollars!

10. You Want Infinite Variety

Why settle for just one car color? A chameleon paint job makes the color of your car change in response to ambient light and heat conditions, offering seeming endless color variations.

Whatever color option you choose – and for whatever reasons – a new paint job is a great way to add new style to your car, and excitement to your life!

5 Things to Remember Before Starting a New Automotive Paint Job

Paint JobYour car is in need of a fresh coat of paint. Maybe it was in an accident. Maybe it’s just old and the paint is faded from sun and weather exposure. Maybe you just want to change the color from burnt orange to flaming red. No matter the reason, there are five things you must remember before picking up that sprayer. Otherwise, all that effort will be for naught and your car may end up looking worse.

Step One – Fill in the Dents

Your car isn’t brand new from the dealership. Most likely it has dents and scratches. If you simply paint over the dents and scratches, your car is not going to look good. The first step is the most time consuming, but also the most important.

  • Visually inspect the car thoroughly for dents, scratches, and holes.
  • Some dents can be pulled out with a suction cup. If you don’t have one of these devices, gently tap the dent from the opposite side. Be careful not to tap too hard or you will create a protrusion and will have to repeat this task in the reverse direction. Don’t make more work for yourself.
  • Fill in dents with polyester or plastic filler. We recommend polyester filler. If the dents are large, you can use fiberglass. Apply very thin coats of whatever filling agent you decide to use, then allow it to dry. Once dry, sand down the area and apply more filler if necessary.
  • If you find rust holes during your car’s inspection, sand down to the metal and fill the hole with fiberglass. If the rust hole is too large, you can weld new metal to the surface.

Step Two – Sanding

After filler has dried, proceed to sand these spots. Use long strokes at an angle to avoid cutting grooves into the car’s surface. If there are paint chips or the entire car surface is dull or in bad shape, it is best to sand the entire car until it’s smooth.

Step Three – Apply Primer

Once the car’s surface is completely smooth from sanding, apply a urethane or high build primer. This product can make your paint job look more professional and is easier to sand after the primer has hardened.

Step Four – Apply Sealant

After the primer has dried, hardened, and been sanded, there is still one more step before painting. Apply sealant to the surface to be painted. This will assist the paint in adhering to the car’s body and will help the paint job to look more professional.

Step Five – Tape
Before firing up the paint sprayer, apply tape to all parts that do not need paint, such as door handles, bumpers, and lights. Now you are ready to paint.


You can easily make your car paint job look more professional by following the above steps beforehand. These steps may seem time consuming, but they will pay off in a beautifully painted automobile.