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Steps For Painting Over Dark Walls With A Light Color

DIY Blogger Diane Henkler tells Glidden® about her project taking on transitioning from a dark colored wall to a light one.

Before: Dark Wall Color

Over the past few months I have been painting over dark walls in my home. I loved this dark green color, but after 8 years, I wanted to see a change. I am going much lighter and brighter. I knew that because I was going to be painting over it with a much lighter paint, I would have to take an extra step in the painting process to make sure when I rolled the new color on the wall, it would not change color due to the dark green base. These are the steps I followed in my color transformation.

Step 1: Before painting, fill holes with filler and sand smooth.


Step 2: When painting over dark walls with light paint colors, it is suggested to use a white primer. If you were doing the opposite—painting a dark or vivid color over a much lighter one—you should use a gray primer. Glidden® Gripper comes in both white and gray formulas. Using it will help to ensure that your color comes out true when dry, with no dark base color muting a light one or a light base color making it impossible to get bold color coverage. Using it also lessens the need for additional coats of paint to get complete


Step 3: When rolling the paint on the wall, roll in large, wide “M” or “W” shapes. When re-loading the roller, make sure to roll in on the slanted part of the paint tray to remove some of the paint. This will help to avoid roller lines in the paint finish. Let dry.


Step 4: Add a second coat to areas in which you can still see any of the previous color through the primer. Let dry.

As always, safety first!  Please refer to the Product Label, Technical Data Sheet (TDS) or Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for safety and detailed application instructions.



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