New Drywall - Separate Primer or Paint w/Primer?

Old 11-17-12, 07:47 AM
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New Drywall - Separate Primer or Paint w/Primer?

Just had a room drywalled and the contractor suggested priming the walls with a separate primer before painting. When I went to the big box stores (I know, I know) to look at paint the folks in these departments said I'd be OK with two coats of the paint+primer. I'd like to only paint 2 coats either way, and avoid a 3rd coat. What's the best way to tackle this?

Also, if you suggest the separate primer route, should I get it tinted to match the same color as the paint? or does the tinting just get it close?
Old 11-17-12, 09:29 AM
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I would always use a separate primer for raw/new drywall! IMO the primer in the paint deal is more a marketing ploy than anything else since most repaints don't require priming. Primer can be tinted, it doesn't always accept tint the same as finish paint but it will get it close enough so one coat of finish will cover. You'll always find better coatings [advice too] at your local paint store, not a paint dept in a bigger store.
Old 11-17-12, 11:09 AM
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As Mark said, tell the paint guy to tint your primer for the color you are going to paint the walls. Your finish coat will then cover in one coat.

Although I'm not a paint guy, I have had very good results from the big orange store's paint. Just my 2 cents.
Old 11-17-12, 07:43 PM
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I totally agree with Mark and Tolyn. Funny I just did a job for someone (room remodel with new drywall) who did their own painting and they were just telling me how sorry they were that they let the person at their "paint store" talk them into using the "all in one" paint and primer. I guess it left roller marks pretty bad and didn't cover very well.
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I'd be willing to bet that 'their paint store' was a paint dept and not a real paint store. A store that predominantly sells paint generally has better trained help than what a typical paint dept has. While it is harder to apply paint directly to unprimed drywall [no sealer to slow down the 'work' time] the roller marks were probably a combination of cheap roller cover and user inexperience.
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I use Benjamin Moore paint exclusively and never an all in one product, I use separate paints and primers. Had a coworker come to me with bad results from a big box all in one but she was happy after she used Zinsser primer and BM paint at my recommendation.

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