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.

  • This is what I do. I do use primer on bigger repairs though.
    – Evil Elf
    Commented Mar 29, 2013 at 18:10

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.


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.

enter image description here 3M patch plus primer

Disclamer: I have no financial interest in 3M, its subsidiaries, assignees, unless they have a refer-and-get-rich program.

  • Have you tried this in the meantime? The only hit on this site for 3M Patch Plus Primer is in your answer. Commented Jun 18, 2017 at 16:22
  • its @ Lowe's lowes.com/pd/3M-32-oz-White-Patching-Compound/…-FY15%20Paint--Dsa%20Paint-_-&k_clickID=fd37d667-3e14-4389-8a14-41d2545b35d3&gclid=Cj0KCQjwkN3KBRCuARIsADT_flr0kwKhb_McI1RkO3jOqMSLzLwmxjzGyAuN8Vthg1fveBWekAvYEO0aAl27EALw_wcB
    – HerrBag
    Commented Jul 1, 2017 at 16:07
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    I have since used it.. Only good for light fills.. Suggest you dampen repair area and possibly the spackle itself (tends to be a bit crumbly, compared to GP joint compound)
    – HerrBag
    Commented Jul 1, 2017 at 16:11
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    Dries quickly and painted well as advertised. Little shrinkage and sanded VERY easily (MUST be painted for proper hardness)
    – HerrBag
    Commented Jul 1, 2017 at 16:12

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