Questions tagged [primer]

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

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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

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 ...
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Primer cracks once it begins to dry over new Drydex spackling

Good afternoon, We are currently working on repainting a bedroom and removed all the items from the wall(pictures, vanity, mirror etc). We completed this and then proceeded to use DryDex 16 oz. Dry ...
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What steps to take in painting this damaged wall?

Water leak from above windows created bubbles. I stripped the damaged section with putty knife, did I go too far? What steps should I take next? I'm new at this, I think I'm supposed to add primer ...
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Does new drywall need 2 coats of primer

Do I need 2 coats of primer on new drywall? Homeowner is using primer/paint on finish coat. Will the primer/paint suffice, instead of 2nd coat of primer? This is for all new surface. walls, ceilings ...
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Do I need to use an oil-based primer on old woodwork?

I bought an old house. I have dark wood trim around the doors and windows. I'm pretty sure it was some kind of oil/glossy finish. The wood is pretty worn. I fixed and sanded. I got a primer that ...
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Should I apply a second coat of primer when I have a high contrast in colors and the new paint is thin?

I am using Sherwin Williams Cashmere paint in my finished basement. The prior owner painted this god-awful flat baby blue paint that has a lot of stains from contact and glues and other things. The ...
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To prime or not to prime

I have just removed wallpaper and popcorn from plaster walls. I am ready to paint. I have purchased Behr paint and primer in one. Do I prime separately before painting with that? I can only assume the ...
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Painting vs Painting and Primer

So I have a question regarding paint vs paint and primer. I have been painting my house, and admittedly, I have not been using primer. The baseboards, however, are a darker color, and painting them ...
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Painting Ikea Stora Loft Bed

My wife and I were able to get an Ikea Stora Loft bed for my 2 year old son for free. We thought it was a bunk bed and that it was dark brown, but it turns out its a bed on stilts and is black. I ...
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Does primer really require 3/8 -1/2 inch nap?

I am painting an exterior steel door in our garage. We have some Behr Premium Plus Primer. I was planning on keeping the flat look so I was going to use the foam roller. But the primer instructions ...
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Preparing friable plaster for painting

We have a wall that has not been looked after at all. Rising damp caused peeling. Other places just peeled anyway. It probably wasn't repainted in at least a decade or more, maybe 2 decades. So, we ...
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Painting fiberglass repair on kitchen sink

I recently did a fiberglass repair on my fiberglass kitchen sink. Now it's ready for paint. So I have a can of Rust-Oleum gloss white. Now it's been awhile but I'm pretty sure I should prime it first. ...
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Can water based polyurethane be used to prevent knots in pine wood from bleeding through white paint?

I am renovating an old house and, long story short, we have some very knotty solid pine wood planks. They're the economy - or "cottage grade" as menards calls it - tongue-and-groove, beadboard 0.5x4 ...
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Can I apply joint compound over drywall primed with PVA?

I hung drywall ceiling in my basement. I got impatient/lazy and decided to "finish" the project already by painting it with Kilz PVA Drywall Primer, even if the mudding & taping is not perfect yet....
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what can be used as a small container for paint?

I need to touch up a corner. I'm wondering, what can I use to poor a little latex paint (with primer in it) into to do the touch up? I prefer not to bring in the whole paint canister from the garage ...
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Priming spackling in preparation for repainting room

We are painting a room that was previously painted, however there 2 areas approx. 5"x2' that required some re-tapping and spackling to fix cracks in the drywall. The already painted non-fixed areas ...
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Oil primer covered a stain, until I painted over it

A plaster wall in an old closet has stains coming through the paint. I don't know what the stain-causing stuff is, but it seems to be under the entire wall of the closet. It is showing up in mottled ...
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How to repaint lacquered baseboard, trim, doors and stair rail with latex paint

The window and door trim, baseboards, doors, stair rails and spindles, and mantel in my house were spray painted with a lacquer based paint. What steps should I take to re-paint the brown lacquer with ...
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When is it necessary to do two coats of paint over a primer?

The existing walls are various colors in different rooms. They range from light brown, to yellow to pink! We are using a white primer on our walls. The consultant at the paint store recommends ...
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What's the reason to sand after priming?

I'm painting my kitchen after some hired help put up drywall and skim coated. They sanded the wall, I cleaned up and wiped the walls clean of dust. My contractor said that I should prime, sand with ...
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Should I sand Kliz High-Build primer before painting?

I am painting medium oak-stained wood closet doors white. I bought Kliz High-Build primer because I wanted to cover the stain color well. I sanded the stained door and now I am done with a coat of ...
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We painted new drywall before it was primed. Now I am painting a few years later and some of that paint peeled off. How do I fix this?

A few years ago we painted some drywall without priming it. Currently we are redoing the room with different colors. I am a novice painter so I put masking tape on that wall to have a clean Edge on ...
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Which paint colors require gray primer?

I was told that red and deep blue paints required gray (high hiding) primer. I used it before I painted my living room red. But how do I know which other paint colors do vs. just regular white primer? ...