Primer for painting a closet? Trim?

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Old 05-27-15, 08:31 PM
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Primer for painting a closet? Trim?

Remodeling our bathroom, and we are painting the walls, wood trim, and closet.

1. For the closet, we just want a flat white paint. Should we just use ceiling paint? What's something cheap that's used in closets?

2. The closet is new drywall, but considering that I'm just using a flat white paint for closet interior, do I need to prime first?

3. The trim is stained, and we're painting it white with an acrylic latex. Sand and/or prime first?

4. The bathroom walls are a combination of old and new drywall, some bare and some with old paint. Here, I'm definitely planning on priming for consistency. I'm planning on using a latex primer with a Sherwin Williams semi-gloss latex paint

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Old 05-28-15, 03:07 AM
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#1 - I wouldn't, ceiling paint is a cheaper grade of paint which won't be washable and will probably get dirty quicker than white wall paint.

#2 - It's best to use primer

#3 - Yes, sand and then use a solvent based primer!! that will insure adhesion, without primer the paint on the wood work will be prone to chipping and peeling

#4 - do you know what type of paint is currently on the existing walls? Bath rms in older homes where painted with oil base enamel which needs a solvent based primer before switching to latex [for the same reasons as the varnished woodwork] http://www.doityourself.com/forum/pa...latex-oil.html
 
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Ugh, paint. I am clueless about paint.

I just called Sherwin Williams, and they have a number of different levels of paint ranging from 30 to 70 per gallon. All are supposedly "paint + primer." I asked the guy if that really means I can do without primer, and he said "you shouldn't need primer."

The SuperPaint is $50. The entry-level Ovation is $30. What should I do? And should I prime anyway?
 
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See what they get for their ProMar 200 - it's the top of the line contractor's grade. I'm not familiar with Ovation but SuperPaint is real good. IMO paint+primer all in one is more of a marketing ploy than anything else. Generally repaints don't need a primer but a separate dedicated primer is always best when painting a bare substrate. If I had to use the finish paint for the primer I'd thin the 1st coat 5-10% with water.
 
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Thanks. I'm going to prime first.

I've done an embarassing amount of research into Sherwin Williams paint, and there are quite a few painters who swear that SW Ovation is just SuperPaint relabeled for Lowes (and less expensive). Indeed, comparing the data sheets for both paints, the ingredients and formulations are exactly the same.

Ovation it is.
 
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