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Old 03-24-2011, 10:20 AM   #16
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LG- Your post right there should be a sticky. About half the questions asked here, you just answered by hard won experience.
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Old 09-01-2013, 02:25 AM   #17
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Brushjockey, I agree with you regarding quality of product.

The quality primers I've used (and by the way it's possible to find good deals in the $12-$15/gallon range) performed magnitudes better than the Behr. I'd state it like this: an expert professional painter with a lot of experience could probably get the Behr to behave, taming it's fickle nature with his years of experience. For the amateur or intermediate painter one has to fight the primer all the way and even then it just doesn't flow and behave like a quality primer ... and that fight unfortunately is going to manifest in the painter's frustration, the extra time the job takes, areas that need to be redone or double coated, and the final look and quality of the primed surface telegraphing and communicating with the topcoat. In my humble opinion and experience, an aspiring painter who has a little experience under his belt and has acquired the basic skills to achieve a pretty decent paint job - and is undertaking a project in which he cares about the quality of the finished job - would be better served by a better handling primer. And he'll also likely have a more enjoyable time doing the priming.

I still have much of that free 5 gallon bucket of Behr primer left.
It's just not that easy to identify a surface that is so unimportant as to qualify to be primed by it. Even on something as lowly as closet shelving, I want to minimize my hassles and still do a halfway decent job, so I reach for a respectable quality product line.

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Primer seals a surface, sticks to it and thus provides an optimal surface for paint to adhere to. They will all do the job, at least all national brands, if you match the primer to its intended use. They'd go out of business otherwise. But if you sleep better at night knowing your new paint is resting on the very best primer, sweet dreams. I'd use the free stuff myself.
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Originally Posted by marianlibrarian View Post
They'd go out of business otherwise.
It's been known to happen.

Having said that, Behr isn't going out of business any time soon.


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