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What kind of primer should I use on my kitchen walls that I scraped clean of old texture? I put a number of gouges in the dry wall. Is that bad?

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    begin by spackling the gouges - primer does not fix gouges...fill, sand, refill until the wall is flat again. – Ecnerwal Dec 17 '14 at 16:48
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The kind or brand of primer does not matter much. Most products perform equally well or equally poor. The biggest payoff is in the prep-work. Even the "best" primer cannot adhere well to a wall that is covered with sanding dust or loose texture. Wipe and vacuum everything. Otherwise your nicely painted work might easily peel off with just the tip of your thumb.

If you have visited the paint section recently, you have probably seen that the price of primer and other paint products vary a lot. Usually that's just marketing at work. The exception however is Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) content. These are the things that the State of California has found to cause harmful health effects. So-called "low" VOC products have less than 50 g/L, whereas "Green" products typically have zero.

Unless you are painting specialized work (nautical, plastics, automotive), or if you have a particular health concern (pregnant mothers), there is really no need to go with anything other than the cheap stuff.

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I have gone through the same process and found that almost any primer will work.

As to the gouges, I used drywall joint compound to fill them. If the gouges are small and you don't have any joint compound and do happen to have spackle, then use that.

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