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Old 04-04-2009, 05:27 PM   #1
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chalky primer(preprimed) door trim


the new back door I had installed a couple months back. the trim on the exterior and in the middle(where the door covers) is really chalky.

simply rubbing my fingers across it will cover them in white chalk. I wiped them down with a damp towel and tested them the next day - still chalky. Is this normal? will painting over it cause adhesion issues? I want to paint it with a latex.

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Old 04-04-2009, 06:56 PM   #2
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It is not unusual for pre-primed to be chalky
That's why most pros will prime "pre-primed" trim

Since it's very chalky, and a few months installed, I'd suggest (re-)priming with Zinsser's Gardz before painting

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Old 04-04-2009, 07:12 PM   #3
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I figured that I would have to reprime the preprime. The preprimed is also cracking and bubbly in some areas. I wish they wouldn't have primed it at the factory in the first place! Thanks for the tip on Gard; i researched a little and its seems to be highly recommended by pro painters.

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