Are primer + paint products as effective as using separate primer and paint

1 Answer 1


I was quite skeptical about the paint and primer combo's, but Valspar gave me a couple of gals to try out. I was surprised how well it covered over dark colors. The down side was that it is not as smooth as regular premium grade paints. It seemed a bit dry going on, but that is because it is very high in clay content. I decided the best combo was to use it for the first coat and then use regular paint treated with Flowtrol for my finish coat. The application that I would never use it on is covering new drywall. I still prefer quick drying PVA drywall sealer. The paint/primer combo is too heavy and stays wet too long for new drywall, and is about twice the price of PVA primer.

  • Thank You again, shirlock homes (great name). I read your bio and it explains how you have so much knowledge. I like straight, easy, logical answers.
    – RET
    Commented Jun 9, 2012 at 3:10

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.