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Old 06-24-2014, 12:07 PM   #1
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I am building a new home and my painter is telling me it would be better to use a product like Sherwin-Williams High Build Primer and then sand and use another regular drywall primer" on the new dry walls.

I am planning to use a paint with a satin finished on the walls and he claims that by using the High build primer first and then the regular dry wall primer it will hide any imperfection better.

The Sherwin-Williams web site does not indicate that you should put a second primer over their High Build Primer. Of course there is a extra cost for using both primers. (something like $5,000)

The dry wall was professionally installed last week and other than seeing the normal mud sanding there is nothing wrong or out of the ordinary with the drywall.

Should I spring for the cost of using two primers.

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I personally don't see any advantage to the second coat. After the first coat there will be some touch up spots but thats all.

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[QUOTE="Tom2726"]I am building a new home and my painter is telling me it would be better to use a product like Sherwin-Williams High Build Primer and then sand and use another regular drywall%
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I am building a new home and my painter is telling me it would be better to use a product like Sherwin-Williams High Build Primer and then sand and use another regular drywall primer" on the new dry walls.

I am planning to use a paint with a satin finished on the walls and he claims that by using the High build primer first and then the regular dry wall primer it will hide any imperfection better.

The Sherwin-Williams web site does not indicate that you should put a second primer over their High Build Primer. Of course there is a extra cost for using both primers. (something like $5,000)

The dry wall was professionally installed last week and other than seeing the normal mud sanding there is nothing wrong or out of the ordinary with the drywall.

Should I spring for the cost of using two primers.

Unless you are exceptionally picky, or the drywall job is not good, I wouldn't worry about the second coat.
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It sounds like the painter is trying to make an extra buck.

If the first coat of primer is not rolled on razor thin there is no need for a second. Use a quality primer and roll it on generously.

You will almost Always be able to see some evidence of mud through the primer. The purpose of the primer isn't to make the walls uniformly white, but to create a sealed surface with uniform consistency (think absorbency) for the paint.
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I agree with everyone else that's posted. No need for a second coat of primer. I coat of primer applied to manufacture specs is sufficient.
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no reason for a "high" build primer either
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$5000 for a coat of primer!
Must be one big house or a high dollar area to live in.
Time for a new painter.
Now many quotes did you get?
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I may be able to come in and put on a coat of primer for $4500.

I've used a lot of flat paint in the past.
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The primary use for high build primer is due to the need to achieve a level 5 finish (no visible seams or tape marks). This is not usually necessary, unless the drywall finishing is not very good.
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$5000 for a coat of primer!
Must be one big house or a high dollar area to live in.
Time for a new painter.
Now many quotes did you get?
If someone around here bids $5000 for a coat of primer they aren't going to get a lot of jobs. We just did a good size house. Granted the ceilings were already sand painted but 2 of us did the primer coat in 6 hours. 3 bedrooms 2 baths including master suite, large great room, kitchen, office and sunroom. 12 hours labor and 9 gallons of paint. I have rarely seen a second coat of primer needed much less actually included in a bid. That plus the $5000 price tag is raising a lot of red flags.
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The primary use for high build primer is due to the need to achieve a level 5 finish (no visible seams or tape marks). This is not usually necessary, unless the drywall finishing is not very good.
A level 5 cannot be achieved with high build primer. Unless you use the ones like, I think it's called super hide, which takes a $3000 sprayer to shoot it.

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