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Old 01-25-2009, 09:06 PM   #1
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Is this a decent primer for this application?


I am using Zinsser 1 2 3 primer to prime my exterior siding. It is rough sawn wood siding. I am planning on buying a decent quality paint from SW or Benjamin Moore. I just want to make sure I'm using a good quality primer.
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:17 AM   #2
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I use it as a primer on all the interior painting I do.

I think it's a decent product.

However, you should be aware that Bullseye 123's claim to fame is that it sticks well to smooth surfaces, like glazed ceramic tiles, galvanized sheet metal, high gloss polyurethane, etc. You don't need a sticky primer to stick well to rough wood. You might consider using an EXTERIOR ALKYD primer and painting with an exterior alkyd (oil based) paint, which in my opinion, stands up better over wood than exterior latex paints.

And, if it wuz me, I would use a FLAT exterior alkyd paint. The reason why is that for paint to stick well to a substrate, it's important that the substrate be rough so as to provide plenty of surface area for the new paint to stick to. By using a flat paint, you don't have to sand the old paint to provide that large surface area. It's already a rough surface that any paint will stick well to, including another flat paint.
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I would use a satin over a flat, due to superior washing ability.

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Old 01-27-2009, 12:21 AM   #4
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That's a strong point for using a glossier paint indoors, such as in a child's room or in a kitchen where stuff can get on the walls.

But, how often do we ever wash the outsides of our houses? Probably the only people that ever do that have just gotten a pressure sprayer for their birthday and are looking for a reason to use it. Before pressure sprayers, I don't think anyone ever washed the outside of their house in the entire history of human habitation on this planet. (except perhaps the Dutch)
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Here in my part of the south, it is quite common for some parts of the house to accumulate a green film that is not exactly attractive. Pressure-washing the house here is not uncommon at all.

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