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Jun 08

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Paint Primer

PrimerIf you always have pondered do I need to use a primer before painting, or you may be thinking why waste the money I could just buy another can of paint right. Most of us don’t realize the need for a paint primer. You wouldn’t build a house without a proper foundation. A primer is a special formulated product that creates a bond to the material, giving your paint the long lasting beauty for many years to come. Primers have a different kind of catalyst that enables it to bond, allowing the paint to bond to the primer. Modern primers are water based and dry fairly quickly depending on the temperature. (You can also purchase oil based primers) most think of a primer when trying to block a stain or a mold, or even a reoccurring smell. Primers can be used in many applications and most manufactures will not warranty the paint unless a primer is first applied, and yes paint manufactures can tell if you have or haven’t used a primer, ultimately voiding the warranty. Looking at a piece of wood up close you notice how smooth it is, imagine looking at the same piece of wood under a microscope it would look very rough. Although when you put a coat of primer on it you would think it would make it smoother but a quality Primerprimer will actually raise the grain. This frequently happens for two reasons; the water from the primer raises the grain on bare wood. The other reason is the coarse pigments from the primer. Primer should be sanded before the first coat of paint, we urge you to use a quality primer from a known manufacturer, and if you are wandering yes there is a difference between an inexpensive primer and expensive primer, a less expensive primer tends to be more watered down. Using primers before painting speeds up the painting process allowing you to use less paint and less coats. Whenever painting try to use the primer and paint from the same manufacturer this will help with the warranty, in addition the paint will look and last for many years to come. Whenever you remove a factory primer on a piece of wood when making a cut always prime before installing this will help with potential water damage or until you can put a final coat of paint on. No matter what you intend to paint there is a primer for it such as plastic, metal, wicker, stone and even ceramic tile. One thing to keep in mind is primer can be tinted to help define and beautify your final color of choice. Using a primer will create a better looking and longer lasting results for many years to come. So the next time you paint think primer first.


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