Priming bare drywall

Old 02-15-15, 02:31 PM
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Priming bare drywall

I was curious what a good all around primer I should use on bare drywall, or bare drywall with texture sprayed on it.

I've used Zinsser FastPrime 2 and Zinsser 123 on already painted surfaces before in both bedrooms and bathrooms. Would that be ok to use or should I use Zinsser Gardz, SW Preprite Problock, SW Multipurpose Primer, etc...

I'm looking to cover the primer with an Eggshell paint. Probably something from Sherwin Williams, but nothing to expensive.

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Old 02-15-15, 02:41 PM
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Of the ones you listed, I'd go with SW multipurpose primer. SW has multiple primers... "drywall primer" and Promar 200 wall primer are probably the most commonly used. PVA primer is nice, sands good with a sanding pole prior to your topcoat of paint. You should always lightly sand between coats.
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Most any primer will adhere fine to bare drywall but since you intend to apply a latex enamel for the finish coat a better primer is in order [will help the eggshell or satin enamel hold it's sheen better] IMO while ProMar 200 primer is an excellent wall primer, it's bare minimum when using a latex enamel top coat. Gardz is a good sealer but not a good primer for paint [has no hiding properties] SWP has multiple primers that will do a good job - you can discuss it with them while you are at the store. The 123 would also be a good choice.
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Zinsser 123 is my go to primer.
No way can you be sanding any surface that's been textured.
I avoid any form of texture like the plague.
Near impossible to even do a simple touch up or repair without it showing or even a simple cleaning.
Last surface I'd want in a bathroom, kids room or kitchen.

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