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I'm painting my kitchen.

Some areas of the walls had to be repaired with spackle.

Do I need to do a prime coat before I paint? I'm painting the same color. Although I'm changing the finish from eggshell to semi-gloss. Paint is Benjamin Moore Atrium White-- if that means anything.

I'm thinking maybe because it's a kitchen and the repaired area is near sink-- that it might make sense to prime.

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My dad and his dad were both professional union painters. They taught me that for small spots of spackle on the wall, all you have to do is put a quick layer of regular paint over them with a brush while you're doing your cutting-in brushwork. The spot over the spackle will be mostly dry when you go back over it with the roller later. I know from personal experience that this works. Also, there's no reason to prime if you're repainting a similar color.

I also know from personal experience that if you don't pre-paint your spackle as I described, you will be able to see it after the paint job is done. The color may hide it just fine, but where the rest of your wall is covered with a slight texture from the roller, the spot that was spackled will be smooth. It stands out like a sore thumb. Hitting the spackled spot with your brush while cutting in and then rolling back over it later is all that is needed to fix that problem.

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This is what I do. I do use primer on bigger repairs though. –  Evil Elf Mar 29 '13 at 18:10
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Rule of thumb answer: always use primer.

These days, however, you can buy paints that claim to be 'primer and paint all in one'. I tried some on the flat paint on our kids' walls and it seems to work good enough.

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Just came across this product, it neatly answers your question. Browsing through a few reviews sites, it seems to be well accepted. Its on my "To Try" list.

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