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Old 08-18-2010, 12:38 AM   #1
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We are painting our kitchen cabinets. The pictures attached show the before and after priming pictures of the cabinets. I cleaned the cabinets with TSP. Sanded with 150 sand paper using a palm pad sander then tack cloth to clean it up. I used a Mohair mini roller(4" with 3/16")for the flat surfaces and a Purdy brush for the corners and uneven areas. The primer is the Zinsser oil based primer from the Sherwin Williams, no additive/thinner. As you can see, the surface looks pretty rough after applying the primer. I went over each area a few times, until it was completely covered, since the first coat seems pretty thin. Is it supposed to look smooth after priming? Did I apply too much primer? How can I fix it? Thanks for your help!
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It is OK if it doesn't cover fully - it is just the prime coat. Most likely going over each area a few times interrupted the normal 'setting up' phase and kept the paint from leveling properly. Wait for it to dry completely and re-do the sanding prep. When it comes to the painting, it is MUCH better to do several thin coats (with drying in between each coat) than trying to force coverage in one thick coat.

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Thanks for your quick reply. What sand paper should I sand it with? Do I need to sand it down to bare wood?
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Thanks for your quick reply. What sand paper should I sand it with? Do I need to sand it down to bare wood?
I would try 150 and you don't need to go to bare wood, just until you are satisfied with the smoothness.
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Thanks again. I will give a try.
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I would only add to Mathews comment of 150 grit, would be to use 220 grit for a final sand, would be a nice touch....no pun intended.
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