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

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How do I prepare an already painted wall for new paint?

We are repainting a number of rooms in our home, do we need to put primer over the existing paint? Are there any other gotchas that we need to prepare for before repainting the walls?
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How should I clean and repaint a painted wooden deck?

My deck appears to have been painted with just a single layer of paint, which is now peeling off. I like the look of the paint (when it's in better condition, of course), and am uninterested in ...
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What primer should I use to paint over nicotine stained walls?

What primer should be used before painting over nicotine stained walls?
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Do primer + paint products work well?

Are primer + paint products as effective as using separate primer and paint
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How do I determine where lead paint was used?

I just bought a new house. The inspector told me that the entry way paint is cracking because a previous owner painted over lead paint without using the proper primer. How do I find out which walls ...
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Do I need to prime/seal new drywall behind cabinets?

If I were doing it, I would usually prime and paint before installing the cabinets. My painter for this project says he'd prefer that I install everything before he paints. Do I need to use a sealing ...
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Do I have to prime over spackle?

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 ...
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Drywall Painting: Do I need to keep priming here?

I am painting a room where the previous paint job was not very good. You can see brush marks from a great distance, it got all over the trim, and the paint looked watered down (thanks builders). It ...
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Should we sand and prime holes in our walls or pay someone to do it?

We just had our 1,000-square-foot house insulated with blown-in insulation. Now we have 180 patched-up holes in our interior walls that need be sanded and primed before we repaint. The holes ...
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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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What type of primer should be used on moisture resistant drywall?

What type of primer should I use my basement bathroom walls? New moisture resistant drywall has been installed, taped and sanded, and is now ready to be primed.
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Can I use primer for multiple purposes?

I want to join some PVC pipes. I've got primer (from a store that only sells paint) and on the back it says it's suitable for PVC. I doesn't say anything about paint or joining. Can I use this kind of ...
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Dealing with nicotine stains in a Victorian property

I am just in the process of buying an old property, previously lived in by heavy smokers. What is the best way to clean and prime walls to prevent nicotine stain recurrence in a solid brick Victorian ...
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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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What should I do before re-painting my skirting boards?

I'll be painting the skirting boards in my room as they are in bad condition. The paint is cracked and the surface uneven and blotchy. What I would like to know is how should I treat the skirting ...
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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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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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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 primer and paint should I used for a solid-core wooden front door?

I recently purchased a new pre-hung exterior door for my house. We opted for a solid-core Douglas Fir instead of the fiberglass models as the wooden door was substantially cheaper. We want to paint ...
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How can I stop primer from eating my roller handles?

Whenever I use primer, it seems like I get about one room's worth of coverage before the roller handle seizes up, so that I'm pushing the roller along the wall instead of rolling it. I'm ...
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Priming new wall before wallpaper

Simple question: Should a new wall be primed before applying wallpaper? Or can I just do it over finished drywall.
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What is the best way to apply Shellac-based primer?

We are preparing to shellac-prime all of the walls on a rental house due to nicotine odors. Is it best to apply this product with a roller or airless sprayer?
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Purple primer left on over night: can I use it?

I am using Oatey purple primer with Oatey medium gray pvc cement. This is a 2 inch PVC pipe job for pool pump to filter. I have a joint where I applied purple primer then realized I am not ready for ...
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Do I really need to wait a month before applying primer to plaster?

I've recently removed wallpaper and now I've gone through and plastered over some bad spots on the wall. I've already sanded it down and it's ready for primer. However, when reading the instructions ...
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Should I sand baseboard before painting it?

I am replacing some baseboards in my house. It is the most basic type: flat board 5-1/2" wide by 3/4" thick. I would prefer to buy primed board, but my local shops do not sell it for some reason (they ...
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How do I properly prepare newly-finished drywall for priming?

What is the minimum amount of dust that can be left on a wall before it adversely affects primer application? If it has to be completely free of dust, how do you get it all? Taking a damp rag over ...
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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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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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How do I get rid of white lines in wall corners showing up after painting?

I'm painting the interior of our house. One room I started with the previous owner had painted it a light mushroom color. I'm painting it with a color that's a little lighter. I'm using Behr paint. I ...
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Is it enough to apply just one coat of Killz2 primer on drywall?

I have heard conflicting instructions regarding primer on drywall, some saying one and some saying two coats. The bucket of Killz2 itself says reapply after 1 hr, implying two coats are needed (I am ...
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What nap roller should I use for primer?

And does it matter, in choosing the nap, what the sheen of paint will be used over the primer? E.g. if I do my bathroom in semi-gloss using 3/8" nap vs living room in flat with 1/2" nap, should I also ...
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How can I prevent color variants when painting over wall putty? [duplicate]

I have used putty on the wall to fix the holes, and fill some gaps. the putty color is white while the rest of the wall is an older light green, I am painting a very dark yellow, However when painting ...
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How can I make MDF more resistant panels?

I have fallen in love with textured MDF panels used to make walls. Oh boy that's beautiful. But raw, it's almost impossibly fragile. The question is : How can I make it harder, stonger to go through ...
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When my primer flakes off easily how will it help hold the paint

I'm painting an iron structure to save it from corrosion and make it look nice. I was advised to apply a layer of primer which I did, it contains iron oxide and is supposed to prevent oxidation. Now I ...
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What type of primer is required for pine?

I bought a gallon of Zinsser, low-odor, stain-and-odor-blocking, oil-based, primer. We bought it primarily for the subfloor we found after tearing out the carpet and seeing some various pet stains. ...
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Can I use solvent based paint on waterborne primer?

I have some solvent based paint left (Sikkens Rubbol AZ), but the wood panel I want to paint with had been prepared with a waterborne primer (Sikkens Rubbol Primer BL). It doesn't have to last forever,...
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Should I install baseboards before or after skimcoating?

My bathroom walls were a mix of plaster and drywall with various layers of paint, primer, and skim coating. I attempted to skim coat the walls myself to prepare for priming and painting, but I wasn't ...
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how should I prime my old walls?

We're in the process of stripping the old wallpaper from our walls. Once all the paper is off we're down to the plaster. This house was built in the late 1940's so the plaster is probably about that ...
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Should I use primer alone first, or can I use paint+primer on renovated/patched walls?

I have a number of walls that have a mix of old lath+plaster and new drywall (parts of walls are plaster, other parts new drywall). The old plaster walls have paint on them but they have not been ...
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Is there such thing as joint-compound primer? And, is there a need to prime before texturing a ceiling?

In this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIt3YEJjFko The guy breaks down the process of making a California Ceiling into five steps: Cover the Walls Prime the Ceiling Mix joint compound Spray ...
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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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Should I use a roll or spray method to paint my textured ceiling?

I have fresh knockdown textured ceiling. I plan to give it a coat of primer and a coat of white ceiling paint. The whole house is undergoing complete remodeling. There is no furniture, and no flooring....
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Can I use a spray sealer and primer over a patched drywall followed by painting over it?

I have patched one of my wall from a few holes(5) where each is about a finger big. Since it is not a big surface area, can I use a spray stain sealer and primer, and then apply paint over the entire ...
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Will drywall mud stick to shellac-based primer?

We are preparing to prime interior walls using a shellac-based primer, followed with a setting compound mud. Will the mud stick adequately to the shellac-based product or do we need to use another ...
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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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How do I choose paint for exterior steel on carport?

Planning on painting the steel purlins of a carport, that is peeling. I assume the primer and old paint are "oil based" alkyd. I think we will have it sandblasted. What primer should I use on the ...
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How can I cover water stains on this wall

During sandy storm I had some water leakage in my home. The damage isn't much in the sense that the drywall is still hard. It just has water stains that I'd like to get rid of. Here is a pic of what ...
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Which primer to use on an old drywall?

I have a dry wall in the kitchen that has some stains on it. I would just like to put a new coat of white primer on that dry wall so it doesn't look stained. My questions are: Should I sand the ...
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What is best way to thoroughly clean airless sprayer after using shellac primer

We will be using a shellac-based primer on our interior walls, using an airless sprayer. I know it needs to be cleaned thoroughly with denatured alcohol. I read somewhere that I should run an ...
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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 ...