Quality Automotive Paint: Primer Colors


Hawley’s Paints has been in business for more than 100 years. Our automotive paint is used by many commercial auto body repair shops, as well as individual customers who are doing their own paint jobs.

We have all the specialized accessories like spray guns and detailing products you will need to do a good paint job. We have the expertise to match the primer to your top coat of paint to get the effect you want. Some say the primer color does not matter, and it doesn’t if you put enough coats over it, but that can get costly. Matching primer to the color you want will result in having to apply fewer coats.

Primer is a coating that prevents rust and provides a base for the paint you will apply. Primer colors come in black, red, gray, and white.

Black primer is used when you want to paint your car black or a very dark color. This means you don’t have to use as many coats of paint.

While it is true you do cover up the primer with your paint, the primer still impacts how the paint looks once it is dry. Black paint on black primer does result in fewer coats of paint. Using a black primer on other colors makes the paint look deeper and more vibrant.

Gray primer is the most common, and it is more neutral. This means it does not affect the color very much and it could be good for metallic-type paints. It does mute the color just a little, so if you want a very bright finish, you might want something else. That something else will be a white primer, especially if you will be covering it with a lighter shade of paint. It makes the color brighter and it will stand out more.

Red primer is used to smooth out scratches and dents and has less impact on the top coat.

For all of your automotive paint needs from primer to the final coating and all the needed equipment to do the job, call Hawley’s Paints at 707-545-1711.