paint/primer touch-up baseboards

Old 12-24-09, 05:52 AM
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paint/primer touch-up baseboards

Hi everyone,
This may be a stupid question, but I'll ask anyway... I installed new pre-primed baseboards on the floor and ceiling, they came primed so they are sorta white. After fixing all the cracks and covering all the nailheads with putty, I want to cover my putty with primer to hide those things, but the primer seems to be more white than the baseboards. I really want to avoid painting all the baseboards... Are there different colors of primer? Should I go back to home depot and ask for a primer that will match the baseboard color exactly? or do I have no choice but to paint them all completely?

Old 12-24-09, 05:57 AM
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You need to paint the baseboards with enamel! Primer isn't formulated for wear and will get dirty quickly. Primers like paints are formulated differently. I doubt that color consistency is anything they even worry about in the manufacturing process of primer. The wood trim is primed before it gets to the store and I doubt that HD even knows what type of primer was used.

Apply a coat of enamel to your base, in the long run, you'll be glad you did.
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You do not have to match the orignal primer and color variations in primer do not matter.Primers are meant to be covered with a top coat and not seen through it so when you top coat the difference in primer shades will not be seen.

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