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Fix'n it 06-01-2013 08:25 AM

prime or paint ?
my house is white (i HATE white houses). i put in new windows of different size. to fill the gaps i put some boards in, they are brown. i am going to do new siding, but not for a year or two. so i think i will paint the brown boards to make the house look more uniform, untill the siding. would it be ok to use paint ? if i need to prime (i'm pretty much sure you are going to say so), can i just use primer and not paint ? i am not worried about perfection. i just don't want what i put on to come off. though i wouldn't mind touching up now&then. i did paint one window boards, and it seems to be holding up ok.

also. if i use primer, i may have a need for the leftovers at a later date. but idk if i will ever have a need for the left over white paint.

cdaniels 06-01-2013 09:55 AM

You said the boards are brown, are they already painted?If they are painted brown go ahead and put a couple coats of paint on them and call it a day.You don't need to prime already painted wood.

Matthewt1970 06-01-2013 10:25 AM

Agreed. If they are really glossy you could scuff them with some sand paper.

user1007 06-01-2013 10:55 AM

A nice solid stain like SW Woodscapes acrylic will go over bare or painted wood and you can tint it any color. Obviously it has different qualities than primer and paint but it requires no primer.

I think you would probably need a primer over any repairs in your situation if you approached this with primer and paint. Is the siding all painted now or is some semi-solid or solid stained.

And it is wood or a wood composite of some kind? You might experience problems if there is an oil based product on the brown boards now that you would need either a high bond latex/acrylic primer or an alkyd so paint had something to stick too.

I happen to think Woodscapes is great stuff and worth looking into for this. Arborcoat is the Ben Moore equivalent.

Fix'n it 06-02-2013 08:35 AM

here it is. i'm not painting the asphalt siding. just the brown boards, cedar i think ?

Fix'n it 06-02-2013 08:36 AM

oh. i bought some zinzer 1-2-3. is that ok ?

ToolSeeker 06-02-2013 08:50 AM

Since you already bought the 123 and it is a temp fix go ahead and use it.

Sir MixAlot 06-02-2013 08:55 AM


Originally Posted by Fix'n it (Post 1193186)
oh. i bought some zinzer 1-2-3. is that ok ?

Definitely prime then paint (exterior paint).:thumbsup:
With the Zinnser 1-2-3 (latex), you might need to do two coats if the wood tannins bleed through on the first coat. :yes:

Fix'n it 06-02-2013 09:04 AM

i know it will need at least 2 coats. thanx

Fix'n it 06-02-2013 08:26 PM

got it primed. 2 coats, and still not 100% coverage. but its good enough.

this made a good difference on how my house looks. little things

KD PAINTING 06-14-2013 09:27 PM

prime or paint ?
Use oil based cover stain primer then paint with latex paint.

Good Luck!

ToolSeeker 06-15-2013 08:30 AM

Primer is not meant for 100% coverage paint is.

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