Old 08-11-03, 02:42 PM
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Do I need to prime everytime I put a new paint coat on?

I was painting the inside of the front door recently. So I prime it and put one coat of final colour on but now before I was about to paint the second coat of final colour, I changed my mind about the colour and was wondering if I need to prime again before putting the new final colour or could it be avoided and just paint over the existing one coat? If it could be avoided to prime again, would it have those peeling results later on?

Thank you for advices.
Old 08-11-03, 05:10 PM
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Primer is generally used to provide a sound surface for the finish coats to adhere to. If you primed correctly and painted, there is no reason why you cant paint again with a different color.
Old 08-12-03, 01:21 PM
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I know this is probably a silly question but..........
What exactly is a primer? Is it just another coat of paint?
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Primer is not paint. Paint is not primer. Primer is formulated to provide an optimum bonding surface for the paint, to bond to the substrate, and, in many cases, seal and stabilize the substrate. Primer is not durable, so it cannot be used to protect a surface. Paint does much better when applied over a primed surface as opposed to bare wood or old, worn, failing paint. There is also the economics involved. If you could apply a coat of primer at
$16 a gallon, then one coat of paint at $25 a gallon to finish the job, it would be cheaper than two coats of paint that still might not cover the old color or seal the bare surface. You will find that the paint covers more completely and smoothly when applied over a primer.

For those of us who have painted a lot, primer is the way to go. An exception would be painting over an otherwise stable coat of paint.

Hope this helps.
Old 08-12-03, 03:21 PM
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Thank you for advice, Prowallguy.

I guess I will just paint over it.
Old 08-13-03, 12:42 PM
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Thank you for your response. That clears up my question
about primer. I may have just missed it or something, but I have
never seen "primer" in the paint section.......but then I don't go
to that section that often anyway.

Thanks again.

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