Paint and Primer in One – When do we need it?

Paint companies in the last couple of years have released new formulas of paint that they label as “Paint and Primer in One” (PPIO), but when do we really need to use it? The cost of the PPIO is higher than traditional latex paints and most of them are a different type of paint altogether. Take for instance our Valspar Integrity Interior Paint. Up until now, this was labeled as a traditional latex (Vinyl Acetate Ethylene Copolymer) paint. Recently however, without even changing the formula, it is now dubbed as a PPIO. Our “best paint” – Medallion PPIO is an acrylic (Acrylic Resin) latex. If you’re familiar with acrylic at all, you know that it is highly stain resistant and very durable.
So when should I use the “best” paint?
The Medallion PPIO is great for projects where you will be painting over an existing color. Tests show that the Medallion PPIO has a better coverage over hard to cover colors. The formula dries quickly as well. You can re-coat within 2-4 hours.
When working with a new construction surface, my opinion is that you should first use a standard primer and then topcoat with the Integrity (traditional) latex paint. Primer is much less expensive than top coat paint and can even be tinted to match the color of the wall. This primer will then fill those pores up, giving your top coat much better coverage at less cost than if you used only the Medallion PPIO.
As you now know, I do a TON of painting. I’ve had experience with both the Medallion acrylic latex and the Integrity traditional latex paints. I can’t really say that I like one better than another. I still do use the Integrity on interior projects, but also use the Medallion under certain circumstances such as painting the outside of our house and our fiberglass entry door. When painting a product other than drywall, like a door or siding, be sure to read the manufactures specifications for paint. I’m finding more and more are requiring that you use the acrylic paints in order to keep your warranty valid. At least now, we have easy access to both types of paint, so the only decision other than color to make is, “Which one should I use?”
Whenever in doubt, feel free to ask me at the store. I’d love to help!

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