When is primer needed?

Learn more about painting with primer

Repainting your home is an exciting process that can transform your space and give it new life. But before you dive into colour choices and brushstrokes, it's important to properly prepare the surface to ensure a durable and beautiful result.
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Primer for a smooth and durable surface

Primer is an essential part of the painting process, especially if you have spackled surfaces, are painting over wallpaper, or if your wall has a lot of contrast. We always recommend applying a coat of primer in these cases. The primer helps to create a smooth surface and improves the paint's adhesion, resulting in a more durable and professional-looking final result.


Step by step: How to paint with primer

  • Preparations:

    Before you start painting, it's important to prepare the surface properly. This may involve removing or covering nearby objects and cleaning the surface with a mild soap solution to remove any dirt or grease. If there are uneven surfaces, holes, or cracks, fill them with spackle and sand the surface until it's smooth. To protect adjacent surfaces that you don't want to get paint on, use masking tape.

  • Choose the right tools:

    Choosing the right tools can make a big difference in the final result. A narrow brush is best for detail work and edges, while a roller is ideal for larger, smooth surfaces.

  • Primer:

    If you are painting over a dark colour with a lighter shade, or if the surface is uneven, start with a primer. This provides an even base and can help the final paint adhere better.

  • Paint:

    When you start painting, start with the details using the brush. After that, use the roller for the larger, smooth surfaces, and remember to apply even pressure to avoid drips. Let the first coat dry completely before considering applying a second coat. Drying time can vary depending on the paint type.

  • Leave the bag in the packaging recycling:

    Our paint comes in a resealable bag that is easy to use and pour. When the bag is empty, it can easily be placed directly in the packaging recycling.

  • Conclusion:

    When everything is done and the paint has dried, remove the masking tape carefully. If you have moved anything in the process, make sure to put everything back in its place.

    Well done!

Primer on wallpaper

When it comes to painting over wallpaper, priming is particularly important. It helps to seal the wallpaper and prevents glue or other residue from bleeding through the new paint. This step ensures that your new paint looks smooth and clean, without any unwanted stains or marks.


Primer for walls

For walls that need an update or a change in colour scheme, the primer is an indispensable component. It prepares the wall surface, covers over old marks or stains, and provides an optimal surface for the new paint to adhere to, ensuring a long-lasting and even finish.


White primer for unpainted wooden surfaces

White primer is an excellent choice to brighten up and freshen up surfaces, and it offers a neutral base that allows your final colour tone to come through in its best form. It's ideal for both walls and furniture and provides a clean, fresh start before the final coat of paint. When painting unpainted wooden surfaces, you should always use a primer, as the result will be significantly better and more durable.


Adhesive primer: For furniture and objects

When painting furniture and objects, especially those made of wood and metal, adhesive primer is your best friend. It is formulated to provide superior adhesion, which is crucial to ensure that your final coat of paint sits properly and lasts a long time. We recommend always applying a coat of adhesion primer before lacquer paint, as the results will be significantly better and more durable. Remember to matte down the surface with a sanding sponge before applying the adhesive primer for the best results.


Primer for furniture

When you are renewing your furniture by painting it, it's important not to skip the step of applying primer. If your furniture is made of wood or metal, it's especially important to use an adhesion primer. Using adhesion primer on furniture helps to prepare the surface, hides any defects, and ensures that the final colour adheres well and looks even. The adhesion primer will improve the paint's adhesion to these materials, guaranteeing a durable and beautiful result. Before applying the adhesion primer, remember to thoroughly clean and sand the surface of your furniture to remove dirt, grease, and other residues that could prevent the paint from adhering properly.


Any questions?

Whether you are preparing walls, furniture, or objects for painting, proper preparation is the key to success. By using primer and adhesive primer, you lay the foundation for a beautiful and durable painting project. At Klint, each colour choice is a journey of discovery, beauty, quality, and responsibility. We are here to guide you through every step, from choosing the perfect shade to understanding the importance of the ingredients we use. Do you have any questions or concerns?

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Start your colour journey

with our swatches.

Our swatch kits contain all colours within a certain colour family, to make it easy to find the right colour. The swatches are 22x22 cm, hand-painted with the same paint you can order, and removable so you can try different colours without having to paint on the wall.

Peel off the protection on the back, put up the swatch on the wall, and move it around as you want to get a feel of the colour in different environments and light.

Pigments, binders, preservatives and water. The paint is eco-labeled with the Swan label and the EU Flower.

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Walls, ceilings, door trim, floor mouldings, picture ledges, closets etc. As long as the surface is stationary, dry and clean, there’s no reason why you can’t decorate with paint from Klint.

Our paints are high-coverage, water-based acrylics that are scratch-resistant and washable with soap and water. They’re tested for harmful substances, are free of solvents and conditioners and contain less than 1 g/L of VOCs.Read more about the contents in our safety datasheet, and feel free to contact us at if you have any questions.

Our wall paint is matte (gloss level 7), our ceiling paint is ultra-matte (gloss level 3), and our lacquer is semi-matte (gloss level 20). All our paint is easy to apply, scratch-resistant, and washable.

Tack-free: 1 hour

Paintable: 4 hours

We normally deliver within 2-4 working days depending on the shipping option selected. If you place an order before 2 pm, we will do our very best to also dispatch it the very same day, so that they can be delivered as soon as possible.

Good question! One litre of our paint is enough for two layers to cover approx. 5 sqm. See our guide on determine out the amount of paint needed for your room.

Most! The paint adheres well as long as the surface is stationary, dry and clean. Feel free to be creative.

You are free to return any equipment within 14 days as long as it has not been used. We can be contacted at

Regrettably, we cannot accept paint returns even if the packaging is still sealed since it is custom-manufactured based on the incoming order flow. For this reason, please use our swatches or colour samples to find the right colour before ordering.

Of course! Our paints are tested for harmful substances, are free of solvents and conditioners and contain less than 1 g/L of VOCs. In addition, no VOCs are used or added in our manufacturing process.

VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are common indoor air pollutants. The EU's upper limit for wall and ceiling paint is 30 g/L (cat. Aa/a).

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Good question! Liquid paint residue must be dropped off at a recycling centre or environmental waste facility On the other hand, if you completely empty a Klint paint pack, you can simply toss it into a recycling bin. Ask your municipality for the location of the nearest recycling centre or environmental waste facility.