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Old 11-21-2010, 08:32 AM   #1
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Good morning,

I am planning to paint over trim which was previously painted. I had to repair some areas, the repairs are sanded. I plan to use semi-gloss, some shade of white. Is there a real advantage to prime the trim?

I will prime the wall. If I prime the trim, can I use the same primer for the trim at the same time?

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Old 11-22-2010, 11:00 AM   #2
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Hey Wriegler
The best way to look at most situations like yours is when in doubt throw a coat of primer on it. There are a number of reasons you donít want to pass on the primer. For starters, when applying most any paint over a semi-gloss you want to not only make sure itís clean but, to ensure the best adhesion of your new top coat lightly scuff sand it and primer it. Semi-gloss is ideal for use on trim, doors, furnitureÖect because of smooth shiny surface which lends to its ability to stay clean and repel stains, this isnít a great base for your paint which is why you need to prime. When doing any type of patch work it is a good idea to prime the areas you had reconstructed so that you finish with a consistent finish that wont flash or worse, peel later on down the road. Yes, just about every primer can be used from the walls to the trim, there are some specialty primers that wouldnít work but just make sure to read the labels. Good luck and hope it turns out nice.
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Good morning,

I am planning to paint over trim which was previously painted. I had to repair some areas, the repairs are sanded. I plan to use semi-gloss, some shade of white. Is there a real advantage to prime the trim?

I will prime the wall. If I prime the trim, can I use the same primer for the trim at the same time?
Prime it. Period.

You don't need a thick coat of primer, but you definitely need it or the paint won't adhere.

And yes, you can prime the trim and wall at the same time. Just don't glop in on thick.
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