What if I just prime and not paint?


Old 05-21-07, 08:19 PM
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What if I just prime and not paint?


I would like to put a new coat of paint in my garage currently white but quite old and I had to do some drywall repairs. Since this is the garage, I am not as concerned with perfection as I would be in any other room. So I want to maximize my time. Could I get away with just applying one or two coats of primer?

What would you recommend?

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Old 05-22-07, 04:09 AM
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Primer isn't formulated for wear so if you don't apply a finish paint it won't look good long term. Dirt and grime may not wash off.

I hate to suggest it but if you are only going to apply 1 coat you would be better off using a finish paint.
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Since garage walls are already painted, just prime areas where repairs were done, then proceed with painting. Priming is important for sealing in oils, soils, and stains and prepping walls for good paint adhesion.
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Primer makes a lousy top coat
It can actually "absorb" dirt and moisture
It also "drys up" and flakes off (more of a dust actually) if not top coated

As it's just a garage:
One coat primer and one top coat is preferred to two coats primer
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