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Old 12-08-2009, 06:43 AM   #1
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Ok, so I TSPed the enamal painted woodwork, it deglossed as it said it would. Is it possible to prime and seal (Killz or Gardz) with latex primer if the woodwork was painted with enamel? Finishing up the spackle tonight and would like to prime the walls and trim tomorrow night all in one shot. Would really prefer Latex Killz or Gardz?

Brushes! synthetic for latex? Right?

The foam rollers? How are they? Do they work? Or would I be setting myself up for trouble. Never used them before?

Any other suggestions are MORE THAN WELCOME!

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Enamel is a term like Kleenex. Do you know if it is oil based or latex on there now? If you are not sure, I would use a nice, quality, alkyd primer---the great equalizer.

Foam rollers are worthless for painting anything. They are sometimes helpful when applying glue. They cannot hold paint. You at least need nice, fuzzy, contractor grade, 1/2" nap roller covers. I learned to use 3/4" for semi-gloss finishes on cabinets. Get them at your paint store and not a box store.

Assuming your are using latex products, a bottle of Floetrol will set you back $8 or something retail for a quart. Well worth it. Mix it into your paint according to directions. It will even out your surfaces, whether applied with brush or roller cover.

As for brushes? Invest in good ones and take care of them. Natural bristled ones, IMO, are best for most solvent based products. Natural and synthetic and well trimmed brushes from Purdy, Wooster and others are great. They will set you back $15-20 each retail. Buy a bag of Chinese somethings for $5 at WalMart? Good luck. Hope the bristles stuck to the wall look works for you?
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Scotsman,

I recommend using a good multi purpose latex primer. 3 brands I've been using for years with excellent results are:
1. Ben Moore
2. Sherwin Williams
3. ICI Dulux

I recommend a nylon/polyester blend for your brush, and a professional poly/wool roller cover. I'd go with a 3/8 or 1/2 inch nap. Foam roller covers with cause you nothing but headaches.

Also I see above that Floetrol was recommended. I feel it is not needed, and a waste of good money in this situation. I only use floetrol when the product I'm using tends to drag, with a good multi purpose latex primer you won't have that problem. Any of the 3 quality products above will work fine without unnecessary additives.

Happy painting.

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I only use floetrol when the product I'm using tends to drag, with a good multi purpose latex primer you won't have that problem.
Hugh What does the primer have to do with keeping brush marks out of the finish coats? Add Floetrol if you can afford it to any trim you paint with latex. Eight bucks a quart retail? Adds working time and just makes it all easier.

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Hugh What does the primer have to do with keeping brush marks out of the finish coats? Add Floetrol if you can afford it to any trim you paint with latex. Eight bucks a quart retail? Adds working time and just makes it all easier.
I do not get any brush marks in my finish coats. I use quality brushes.
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