Questions tagged [primer]

A substance applied to a bare surface to provide an adhesive layer for paint.

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Why would porch paint say "do not prime horizontal surfaces"?

A can of floor and porch paint says "do not prime horizontal surfaces". The obvious question is, how are horizontal surfaces different from vertical surfaces? But my real question is, what ...
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Painting red over white oil-based primer

I stripped paint off this nonferrous metal mailbox, then applied oil based primer: I would like to paint the mailbox the same paint (color/sheen/grade) as the rest of the house, visible above it. I ...
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Home hot-water radiator, high-heat paint vs not, water-based primer for oil paint

Two-part question: I have a home radiator that I have cleaned up to repaint. I was unsure if I can use regular enamel paints or is High-Heat required? I have seen answers both ways on this. The ...
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Installer Mixed MAPEI Primer T with Self Leveling Plus - Will it Work?

Installer is used to using RS LevelQuick, but I went to Lowes and bought MAPEI Level Plus and Primer T instead. Anyway, I saw he was mixing the bottle of Primer T with the Level Plus, he also said it ...
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Outdoor primer unpainted weather exposure

I would like to prime a part of my house now but wait a couple of weeks before painting. If I am using outdoor-rated primer, is it OK to leave those surfaces with just primer exposed to weather, ...
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Painted eggshell paint on mud/drywall without primer

My painter didn’t prime on any of the new drywalls! No primer before he painted Sherwin Williams egg-shell paint, and no primer before he applied mud. So paint on mud - what we suspect anyway. I ...
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Aluminum corner bead mud adhesion

I've noticed on a couple of small repair interventions, aluminum drywall corner L-bead does not hold mud as adhesively as drywall does, due to the texture/grip of aluminum. Is there a way to improve ...
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When to reprime vs just repaint?

I am curious when a surface should be reprimed (if ever) vs just repainted. Are there any general guidelines? If it is badly stained, should I reprime or use some stain blocker? Please consider this ...
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Priming plaster wall for wallpaper

I was wondering about priming, and possibly partially water proofing a plaster wall for wallpaper. Right now it is mostly covered by drywall mud to iron out the original (110 yr old) uneven surface ...
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Primer /sealer over latex paint

I have new ceiling in my bathroom installed by my contractor. I gave him primer/sealer to apply on new drywall ceiling before painting it. Looks like he cut corner and did not apply primer and ...
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Do I need to remove all carpet adhesive residue before using a floor leveler?

We have a slab foundation on our place. The previous owners put down carpet with pad and there's a fair amount of glue and pad residue on the concrete, as well as some paint overspray. We'll need to ...
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Why is my freshly applied paint coming off on the roller?

I used Dulux™ undercoat and primer today for the first time. I cut in a small area and as soon as I started rolling, it was removing the paint! I had committed so I carried on. I let it dry and did a ...
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Ceiling fiberglass getting yellow because of bad primer?

We started to prepare an old reinforced concrete ceiling of a panel building for painting. We cleaned off several layers of very old soviet wallpapers, glue, paint, putty and other stuff. Then we ...
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Paint semi-gloss over polyurethane?

Can I paint (trim work) semi-gloss right over polyurethane without stripping it first? Would it require primer?
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Can I use joint compound over primer?

So decided to redecorate a bedroom ourselves. We removed wallpaper, scrubbed, sanded, cleaned, primed (Zinsser B-I-N White Multi-surface Matt Primer), skimmed (Make Good Plasterboard Jointing, filling ...
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Painted skim coat is failing

See final edit at bottom for resolution/causation Not-so-recent leak finally being patched out has continued to expose Glidden paints peeling in random places. This house was covered in wall paper. ...
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What causes uneven sheen in semi-gloss or high gloss paint?

I have new drywall which I prepared with 2 coats of primer. The semi-gloss paint finish sheen is uneven on the wall. I went back over certain areas with another coat of paint. Better, but not perfect. ...
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Drywall Patch & Paint Question [duplicate]

Good day. I had to cut a piece of drywall on the ceiling to run some electrical. I used the same drywall patch (that I cut out) to repair the hole in the ceiling. I used mesh tape and joint compound (...
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How can I hide wood stain on painted drywall?

This weekend when making a built in cabinet, I accidentally got some wood stain on my painted drywall. (Yes, I know I should've taped...). Now, I have to touch up the wall. However from what I have ...
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How can I speed drying of oil primer on a garage cabinet?

Here’s my setup. First time using a paint sprayer and will be using oil based primer Zinsser Cover Stain, which smells badly: Is this overkill for cabinet refinishing with a sprayer? So far I’ve been ...
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I think I sprayed too much primer for my first coat when painting my cabinets. What should I do next?

I’m using Zinnser cover stain primer and didn’t thin out before using my Wagner HVLP spray for the first time (they said no need to thin). It came out orange peel like and I think I sprayed too much ...
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How do I clean thick primer out of a paint brush?

I always clean my paint brushes after using them for painting interior walls. My usual routine is to rinse them under water and clean them out with a combination of a wire brush and a brush comb, but ...
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How to rectify tannin staining through paint?

I am painting some wooden internal window sills and skirting boards, and a yellow-brown stain is showing through the paint. From the answers to What are the brown stains showing through my white ...
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Can I use exterior paint over interior paint+primer?

Can I use an interior paint+primer as the primer/undercoat for an exterior paint? I have an unfinished exterior wood door that I want to paint before installation. I have some interior paint+primer ...
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Repaint metal railing

I need some guidance on the repainting of the metal railing that I have in my front yard. This is how it looks like as of today: The black paint on the railing is chipping off and I am not sure why. ...
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How to deal with a failed primer coat

I "restored" a bathroom that had had a heavy wall paper that did not come off neatly. I repaired the walls and ceiling and skim coated much of the wall. I also sanded and repainted a shower ...
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Can I leave a wall primed, but without paint, for several sunny months?

I notice the siding and trim on my house is in urgent need of paint, as there are bare areas of wood where the paint is flaking off, but due to uncertainties with Coronavirus, I need to hold off on ...
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Does primer normally separate in to different colors, or is this mold growing in it?

I have two five gallon buckets of Sherwin Williams PVA Drywall Primer & Sealer which is about a year and a half old. One is a partial bucket and the other is sealed and has never been opened. I ...
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Why is a spot on my ceiling bleeding through even after using a priming sealer?

I had water spots and used Kilz and now the Kilz is bleeding through my ceiling paint.
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How to fix bad paint job?

I really wanted to paint one of my walls from white to a semi-glossy black. Not being a painter at all, at the recommendation of the store clerk, I used primer. Unfortunately, it was a spray primer ...
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Primer Bulls Eye 123 is peeling off newly flattened walls with AG joint compound

The problem: Blue painters tape is peeling Zinsser Bulls Eye 1 2 3 primer off the new dry walls. The project: I removed a fireplace and brick facade and replaced it with new sheet rock covered with ...
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Skim Coat after Primer?

I'm in the process of removing popcorn and repaint the ceiling. After a few days of filling holes in my ceiling, the ceiling was primed. Staring at a primed ceiling, it becomes apparent that there's ...
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Can paint expiration guidelines be applied to paint primer as well?

I have a can of British Paints PREP 4in1 primer that is four years and four months old. I was trying to determine if it is still good to use but the only information I found on the web is the expiry ...
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Should I prime just repaired areas or the entire ceiling before painting?

Just finished patching two holes in a ceiling due to a leak in the apartment above. Ceiling is all smooth and ready to paint. Question, should I prime the areas that were fixed or prime the whole ...
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Painted glaze with water based primer by mistake [closed]

I grabbed the wrong can of primer and primed new window glazing with water-based not oil-based. I didn't realize the mistake until we were cleaning up. The glaze had been curing for 2 weeks and was ...
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Priming green sheetrock

When priming a green (bathroom) sheet rock for the first time, is it important to block all traces of green visible through the primer? If I can still see green, should I apply a second coat of primer?...
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Fix drywall painting disaster

I had a team of "professionals" repaint the drywalls of a newly-purchased house. A few days after they completed the work, two kinds of defects appeared on the walls, in a large number of different ...
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What is the best type of paint to paint a shipping container?

Looked for a better stack exchange forum to post this on but did not find one. Looking at buying a used shipping container. The guy who is delivering will paint it but he uses latex. I'm wondering ...
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Do I need to paint exterior fiberglass porch columns?

The vendor said I needed to prime and paint them. If I like the bare colour of them as they are now, I'm hoping I can just keep it as-is. Is there a reason that I would need to prime and paint them? ...
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Nicotine stained panelling

I cleaned wood paneling with water and then with a magic eraser. I rinsed the walls really well and the cloths were clean after rinsing & wiping the walls. I primed walls with KILZ and now ...
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What primer for bare wood stairs with nails showing

I'm painting the stairs going down to my basement that previously had carpet. After removing the carpet, they are like bare, new wood. Unfortunately, the treads were nailed with common nails (not ...
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Can primer cover up a smoke smell inside house?

House was formerly owned by a smoker. Will 1 coat of primer(Kilz in my case) cover and seal in odor inside the house?
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What's the difference in 'rollable' and 'normal' basecoat?

We got our interior walls and ceilings plastered. Before painting the walls, we've been advised to use a primer / base coat ("voorstrijk" in Dutch) to seal the walls and reduce the absorption of ...
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Priming Over Older Primer

I've decided to paint. What I had originally thought was a gaudy awful eggshell white flat paint on the the walls of the ENTIRE house was ACTUALLY PRIMER. I've painted (priming first of course) the ...
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Should I remove this gray layer on freshly bought steel?

So I bought this steel bar 240x5x0.5 cm and it has this kind of ugly, somewhat chippy surface: a dark gray layer. What is it? Should it be removed? In the picture, you can see how I'd sand it down, ...
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What is an estimated paint to primer ratio on exterior bare wood?

I've used 3 gallons of KILZ Premium Primer (2 coats plus touch ups) and will top it with Behr's Premium Plus, Paint & Primer All in One, Exterior Satin Enamel in a Medium Base. Please don't tell ...
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Primer not adhering to paint

I am priming some walls which have two different paints exposed. The previous painter did not remove the coax cover plate when painting, and that older paint is causing problems for the primer. I'm ...
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Ok to use Denatured Alcohol to clean wood before applying oil-based primer?

I'm preparing crown molding for painting. The molding is pre-primed with pine core. I hand-sanded the molding and vacuumed to remove as much dust as possible. The surface still has dust, and I'm not ...
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Sanded wall rough after brushing / rolling Kilz Original -- should I sand or is this normal?

I'm remodeling a pantry space in my home that had glossy dark purple paint on two walls and more matte gray paint on the other two. After removing shelving and wall anchors and completing wall repairs ...
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Get rid of mold in closet already painted over

I have mold in a closet with 2 water pipes. 7 years ago there was a leak upstairs that ran down. My roommate does not want to involve building so it's up to me. I had a removal company come and do a ...