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Old 07-02-2010, 01:00 PM   #1
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New here and having an issue. I'm not a professional, just a homeowner, but have done a fair amount of painting in my 100 plus year old farmhouse. I finished priming the floor of my porch yesterday with California trouble shooter oil based primer. I've used this paint many times before with great results. When I bought the paint I forgot to have them shake the can. Before painting I shook the can for a little while. When I opened it it looked like a homogeneous mixture and the viscosity seemed normal. It has been about 24 hours and the paint is still tacky in some spots. I went back to the can and put a paint stick to the bottom and stirred a little. I could see that the bottom of the can was in fact a little thicker than the rest of the paint. My question is will the primer ever dry and if not how should I go about fixing the problem.

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Old 07-02-2010, 02:54 PM   #2
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I think it will dry eventually but........you may be in for some material failure down the road.

If it was not mixed properly then the solids in the paint were all at the bottom of the can. I am no chemist but I think they put that stuff in there for a reason. you have 2 options now:

1) wait for it to dry and re-prime hoping that the new primer will bond and the first coat will not loose adhesion down the road.

2) strip off what you put on there........kinda sucks but will ensure that you have good adhesion of your new coatings. if it is still tacky you can probably strip it effectively with a hot solvent like MEK, Lacquer thinner, or even Paint thinner.

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Today was a good drying day and the primer is almost dry. It should be dry by tomorrow. I think my initial shaking was enough to mix it somewhat. I'm actually selling the house and currently have an offer on the table so I guess when it dries I'll just put the finish coats on top. It looks like it has a fairly decent bond on the parts that are fully dry. Thanks for the input though.
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Stir it up well with a stick this time
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Shaken not stirred is for James Bond. Always stir before serving.
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Shaken not stirred is for James Bond. Always stir before serving.
LOL!! For the record, shake paints is OK, but never shake varnish/poly........

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