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Old 08-30-2011, 09:36 PM   #1
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I am planing on painting our new old house with Ellen Kennon paints. My questions is; do I need to use her primers? Can one use any brand primer with any brand paint? I know that I will have to have a primer without grey or black,but other than that can I use a cheaper primer?

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Inside? Outside? Bare wood? What?
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lageorgia, welcome to the forum. While we're waiting for the answer to the previous question, I'll try to answer yours. While you're not bound to use her primer, it sounds like it's a boutique finish and it would probably be best to use it. Paint manufacturers design their products to complement each other, it's a system. Our finish has x,y, and z properties, so what does our primer need to achieve, vice versa. That's simplistic, but. When they tell you to use a specific primer under a certain finish, they're telling you that because they find that combination will max your benefit with that product. There is a reason besides just trying to sell you more product. It also gives them an out if you have a problem with their finish. They'll tell you that you didn't follow their directions. It's sounds like it's expensive product, why stop at the finish, jump in with both feet. Good Luck.
I am curious why you can't use a primer with a shade. Most primers have a shade to improve hide. That's also a red flag to me in deviating. I doubt if the average joe in the paint store could tell you if a hint of tint is in that can of primer, because it usually isn't labeled that way and can only really be determined when placed up against an absolute pure white.
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Ellen Kennon is a full spectrum paint and she uses no black in her colors. She said to stay away from gray and black in a primer as that would defeat the purpose of her full spectrum. Yes she is expensive which is why I was wondering if I could save a smidgen on a cheaper primer. But I think I will stay with her whole system.
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Ellen Kennon. She has a full spectrum paint.
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I did some reading on that, very cool.

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