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Old 01-16-2012, 02:24 PM   #1
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I have 5 new factory primed interior doors. How do the pros recommend painting them, latex or oil?

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Latex, I have not seen oil used in about 20 years.

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We just did some trim in a house with Oil based Satin Impervo. Oil is getting harder and harder to find though. Latex will be fine on those doors.
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Latex, I have not seen oil used in about 20 years.
I'm in the same boat: we have some doors we want to repaint and a few new ones factory primed. The last time I used latex to repaint a door, even after leaving it more than 24 hours to cure it peeled off at the jamb after closing it for the first time. What did we do wrong? I can't say with certainty that we used 100% acrylic latex, have read this makes all the difference.

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A 100% Acrylic system (Latex Enamel Undercoat and finish) can provide a non-yellowing, durable finish. Quality acrylics are used in thousands of homes sucessfully.

Another option is a hybrid system. These are a waterborne alkyd. Like traditional alkyds, they have a sharper sheen and are harder, however they are subject to yellowing.
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You can use an oil, however, the smell, the cleanup, & the difficulty of using it will give you fits. Plus, oil yellows over time so a white door ends up looking like nicotine yellow after a couple years. Use a high quality latex like SW's Proclassic and you will get great results.
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Remember, latex products, especially shinier sheens, take 30 days to cure. I was taught to put some acrylic polyurethane in them.

Do yourself a favor though and do not accept the thin film of a factory prime job.
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What are everyone's thoughts on that two in one primer paint combo stuff from valspar?
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What are everyone's thoughts on that two in one primer paint combo stuff from valspar?
There is no such thing, and never can be, primer and paint in the same can. Valspar is watered down crap from but a different box store.
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I have 5 new factory primed interior doors. How do the pros recommend painting them, latex or oil?

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Either topcoat is going to be fine. Use a good primer first, though. That pre-primed stuff isn't really primed. It's more like they sprayed white water on it.
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Just did some doors like that.
Quick sand with 220, coat of Smart Prime ( many other good primers available- but this is a good one) 2 coats BM Aura Satin. Aura dries VERY quick - not really DIY friendly- if you can get Muralo- it is very easily handled. BM Advance is also good- just pay attention to recoat times.
SW Pro classic is also good- I personally don't like the really low sheen, but a fine product.
BM oil Satin Impervo was the gold standard of oil finishes, and all others water or oil try to emulate that fine finish. But it is a dying breed..
Joe- 20 years no oil?? For me it has been phasing out the last 10 or so- and not completely gone yet.
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Yes....
PLEASE-PLEASE-PLEEEASE scuff-sand/re-prime the door!!

After 30 days, factory primers are "gone" anyway....
Too dried-out, too thin, dirty, dusty, and low-quality priming anyway.

Some companies now have "Cabinet & Trim" Paints. Cabinet-Coat from Insl-X, ACE's Cabinet/Door/Trim paint, and some others.
These are Hybrids...combining water-soluble Alkyd resins with 100% Acrylic carrier resins. This type of paint levels nicely too!

For the ultimate door paint, I'd check out FPE stuff.
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(I didn't use the Hollandlac Satin Oil)


Our Samoyed had damaged some Entry-door side-lite casing:
* Just got done using their Brushing-Putty (2 coats, each one sanded), followed by 1 coat of their Oil-Undercoat (lightly sanded). This built up the profile. It's A LOT like building-up Bondo layers....
* Finish paint was the ECO-Brilliant (Gloss). 1st coat lightly sanded with 220. Then 2nd coat.
* Result?! Mirror-like my friend...Mirror-like...! Quite unlike most stuff out there....

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I'm working with oil right now, BM Satin Impervo, gallons of it. I won't stop using it until the government pries it from my cold dead hands.
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I'm working with oil right now, BM Satin Impervo, gallons of it. I won't stop using it until the government pries it from my cold dead hands.
Unfortunately that may happen sooner than you would like. I loved working with the stuff but too many people disposed of it improperly and did stupid things like run the mineral spirits or thinners down gutter drains. Or they tried to sneak partial cans into landfills in quantity. Certain state EPAs had to do something. And there is the VOC thing and the fact some people don't like paint that smells like paint.
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To Gatorheel: Not all water based enamels are non-blocking. This is the term used in the paint industry for the ability of a paint to resist sticking to another surface of the same material. Even some 100% acrylic products will stick to themselves. You need to ask the paint salesman if a product is non-blocking, for windows and doors. IF the salesman does not know what you are talking about, then you may need to look up the specs online. They also tend to have a harder finish like oil would.
Another note: The use of the term latex paint is used generically by most DIYers, however there is a big difference between latex based and acrylic based products. The better and more expensive paints are that way because of the cost of the raw materials. The cheaper paints will be latex, or blended combinations of the two. The acrylics will form a tighter, tougher film.

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