Help with Primer-Topcoat combo

Old 03-30-16, 11:35 AM
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Help with Primer-Topcoat combo

I have stripped off all the multiple layers of sloppy peeling latex and oil paint from several solid wood single-panel doors from the 1920s.

I used Soy Gel, which was great, and now have a relatively smooth surface of dark-stained wood with perhaps a little varnish and some oil paint residue left on the wood. I'm going to clean this up with some Klean-Strip liquid sander and Krud Kutter TSP-Substitute to clean and prep the surface for priming.

I want to help these old doors shine!

The primer and paint options are bewildering to me -- I need help here.

1) Paint: I want to use Benjamin Moore for topcoat, but am at a loss for whether to go Aura, Regal Select, or Advance. I saw some posts about Advance yellowing over time, so am concerned about that. I have seen online examples where Aura, RS and Advance have all been applied to trim and doors. So which one?

2) Primer: based on the door surface I have (and BM topcoat), which primer? In my research I've come across several kinds, but not sure stain block or something else... then there is oil vs water based.
There are 4 BM primers:
Fresh Start multipurpose Latex,
Fresh Start multipurpose Oil,
Fresh Start High-Hiding All purpose, &
Enamel Underbody Primer.

I was also contemplating
Zinsser White Cover Stain Oil-Based Interior/Exterior Primer and Sealer
Zinsser B-I-N Shellac-Based White Interior/Spot Exterior Primer and Sealer
Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 PLUS Primer

Not sure given the oil paint/varnish/stain residue on the wood if I should be using a water-based primer or an oil-based primer, and if it should be bonding/primer sealer/stain block primer.

The above options really have me confused - look forward to your advice.

Old 03-30-16, 01:40 PM
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I'd use an oil base enamel undercoater or at least an oil base primer. With latex primers it's possible for the stain to bleed thru. I'm not overly familiar with BM's coating lines but would use their waterborne enamel. Waterborne enamels dry almost as tough as oil base enamel but don't yellow like the oil does.
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I would go with the Fresh Start Oil or Zinsser BIN. I've used both several times and they are an excellent product. With the old shellac or varnish on those old doors you need a minimum oil base primer. You may even need to step it up to the BIN. For the finish I highly recommend Advance Waterborne Alkyd. It's basically an oil base that cleans up with soap and water and dries as fast as a water base. I've never experienced any yellowing or did the painting contractors I sold the paint to.

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