Picking a Primer

Picking a Primer with the Primer Decider™

Red paint looks great in many rooms. But when using a bright vibrant color like red it can have poor covering power, which means more work for you to create the desired result. One of the best ways to improve the covering power is with a gray primer.

The Sure Swatch Primer Decider Scale shows you how to pick the right gray primer shade. You will do less work with less paint to achieve the color and the coverage you want with the best paint primer.

How to paint a red room

Step 1 – Apply paint generously

With the Sure Swatch UNPRINTED side up, apply the paint generously in a corner-to-corner “X” pattern. Paint in a side-to-side motion and then in an up and down motion to completely cover the sheet. As a final step roll in one direction from top to bottom in a series of strokes covering the entire sheet . Let the first coat dry until it feels dry to the touch. Apply a second coat using the same method.  Again, be sure to let it dry to the touch.  Drying time is approximately 20 – 60 minutes depending on the surrounding temperature and humidity.


Picking a primer

Step 2 – Assemble

Crack SureSwatch on the dotted line to remove the Primer Decider.   Flip the Primer Decider  over and place gray squares to sticky side of the painted SureSwatch.  Remove remaining printed sheet.  Place SureSwatch on the wall at approximately eye level or slightly above. Please don’t use this product on wallpaper, recently painted surfaces, unpainted drywall of other easily peeled surfaces.


Using a paint swatch

Step 3 – Making The Color Decision

Compare the manufacturer’s color chip to each square of the covered Primer Decider.  If no squares show through, no primer is needed.  If color looks best over a primer square, show primer shade to associate for similar tinted primer. Remove all the samples after viewing and discard.   SureSwatch removes easily and cleanly.  Be sure to remove within 14 days of viewing

Click here for a step-by-step video to help you use the Sure Swatch Primer Decider.Red livng room wall

Primer is a must for any paint job, but there are many people who really don’t know what purpose it serves. Learn how to apply primer before you paint correctly, so that you can keep your colors bright and your paint job even when painting any room of your house by yourself. Find out what type of paint primer suits your needs best.


SureSwatch®… See Paint Colors. On Your Wall. Without a MESS!