How do I paint over dark painted walls?

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My bedroom has very dark painted walls. I have never painted over them because it wasn't sure how to without it showing through. Any ideas?

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  • Gk Gk on Jul 24, 2018

    You would want to prime them first with a primer like Kilz--you can have it tinted to your new paint color. Or you can buy a paint with a primer already in it and do several coats. I prefer using a primer first when going from a very dark color to a lighter color.

  • Ana Bacallao Ana Bacallao on Jul 24, 2018

    Definitely use a primer. I used to have a dark red wall in my living room and even with a paint with primer in it, it took 3 coats to cover. Would have been better off using a primer first.

  • William William on Jul 24, 2018

    Wash, prime, and paint.

  • Joanne lueke Joanne lueke on Jul 24, 2018

    My granddaughter painted one wall in her bedroom black, and the other three walls a dark purple. When she moved out her mother painted all the walls with a high quality Flat Latex Paint with Primer from Valspar in a very light gray, and it only required one coat. Looks great and full, total coverage. Just saying.

  • Mel6911035 Mel6911035 on Jul 24, 2018
    Thank you!
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