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How to paint a dark brown color wall in a bedroom to white

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How to paint a dark brown color wall in a bedroom to white

I have a dark brown bedroom and a deep purple color bedroom walls.

What's the most effective way to paint them into white or light grey? I tried to paint two coating of white paint with primer, however, the effect was very bad, and can see scuff marks here and there. If I directly apply two coatings of white paint (without primer), I could not cover the color at many areas.

What's the most effective way to repaint a dark color wall to light colors? Your suggestion is greatly appreciated.
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Which brand paint/primer did you use ?
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I used homedepot BEHR brand (paint/primer two-in-one can)
TLSRULZ wrote: Which brand paint/primer did you use ?
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Use a Primer first, then paint after... Using a paint/Primer in one won't work as you found out
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You mean buy a can of pure primer first?
schade wrote: Use a Primer first, then paint after... Using a paint/Primer in one won't work as you found out
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You should have used a grey primer!!! For best results then use a white primer and then regular paint.
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We used a paint/primer in one (probably Behr, but might have been Benjamin Moore as well, as we used both in various parts of our whole house repainting several years ago), when we went from a burgundy to blue, and it worked fine. But when you want to make a more drastic change, especially dark to white, then it's definitely a phased approach, as @TomLafinsky says above. White primer will cover the grey primer a lot easier than what you are finding, and then a good quality white paint on top of that.
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djeffery wrote: We used a paint/primer in one (probably Behr, but might have been Benjamin Moore as well, as we used both in various parts of our whole house repainting several years ago), when we went from a burgundy to blue, and it worked fine. But when you want to make a more drastic change, especially dark to white, then it's definitely a phased approach, as @TomLafinsky says above. White primer will cover the grey primer a lot easier than what you are finding, and then a good quality white paint on top of that.
Thanks. So is the primer in the first link ok for this job?
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ilovetoyota wrote: Thanks. So is the primer in the first link ok for this job?
Yes. I am not a pro painter, but here's how I learned to pain. First make repaires. Lightly sand walls to remove old paint "pics" and irregularity. Wash. Washing is an important step. Then prime. Not with a 2 in 1 paint, but with a good primer that will seal repairs and hide old color. Thereafter paint with the color you want. You can have your primer tinted if you want to. 2 in 1 paints are made for lazy persons or for those who are on a rush and have to do a quick job. Or for those who don't know much about painting ;)
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ilovetoyota wrote: Thanks. So is the primer in the first link ok for this job?
The best primer is Kilz. You can find it at HD.

EDIT: Many moons ago CR tested primers and Kilz was the best. I have used it extensively. Went from red to white.
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ilovetoyota wrote: I used homedepot BEHR brand (paint/primer two-in-one can)
Behr marquee? That stuff is thick usually and coats well
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I would stick to the Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore line .. you may pay more per can .. but as you have seen sometimes it's quality vs price. 2 in one also won't work when changing from dark to light.

Never buy them unless there is a sale running.. then buy un-tinted and you can always tint when your using.
Also there is a sale coming up for Sherwin williams. There is a thread here on it
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ilovetoyota wrote: I used homedepot BEHR brand (paint/primer two-in-one can)
BEHR is probably the worse brand of paint out there.
You need a dedicated primer. I used Zinsser with excellent results.

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