Primers + Finishes


Preparing the surface you are going to paint on is important to long-lasting beautiful results.

Depending on the surface you are painting on the preparation process may require a specific type of primer and may require sealer. Primer can be found at Reno Paint Mart as well as our Truckee and Carson locations as well. 

Primer is sometimes called an undercoat and is considered a preparatory coating before painting. By using primer on your painting surfaces you are laying the ground work for a successful painting project. It is essential for a lasting result regardless of interior design or exterior design projects. Priming will encourage adhesion between the wall and the paint, it will project the surface you are working on, and it will increase the longevity of your work.

Wood Primers

There are a few considerations to make when painting and priming wood. The first is the curing cycle, wood is a porous surface and if it is not treated with primer before hand it will absorb the solvent and may dry the paint prematurely reducing its lifespan. Additionally a waterproofing effect is added to the wood when it is primed initially. This will protect the wood from moisture and in the long term warm and rot.

Metal Primers

The key again is moisture, it will ruin any paint job, but metal oxidation (rusting) is a new issue only faced on metal surfaces. Priming on metal surfaces is smart when the site will be in contact with moisture.

Certain types of metals will react differently if in direct contact with the paint. If you have any questions regarding primer use on metal surfaces, give our friendly staff a call: (775) 826-2900. We are happy to help!

Plastic Primers

Primer on plastic surfaces is not always necessary. If the surface being painted is dark in color and the paint is lighter in color then priming can help with the color change over. Before priming the whole surface, test a small area of the plastic being primed. The plastic surface and the chemicals in the primer could have an adverse reaction and testing is always a smart idea.


When using finishes, it is recommended to start with a coat of primer before using the finish. Through proper preparation you will achieve the best results.

Wood Finishes

Applying a finish on to the wood you are working with is an important final step to achieve the correct look and longevity. Finishing will play a hand in the appearance, protection, and durability of your project. When choosing a finish to use, consider the requirements for cleaning the surface and the ease of application.

Paint Finishes

Paint finishes are meant to protect and decorate your project; however, paint finishes tend to lead on the decorative side, where wood finishes tend to be more on the protective side. We offer a variety of paint finish such as flat (enamel and matte), eggshell, gloss and satin for your Reno interior design and exterior design projects. 

For more information check out our guide on different types of paint finishes.
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