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Old 06-04-2007, 05:24 PM   #1
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Primer help/tips

The wood trim in my house was stained a bad 1970's dark brown. While the trim is in relatively good shape, it is taking forever to get them painted. Here is what I've done - 2 coats of Zinsor oil based primer followed by at least 4 coats of Benjamin Moore latex semi-gloss paint all applied with a brush. In all it is taking 6 coats to get it completely covered and looking nice. As I have a lot of interior doors in the house that need to be painted (both sides), any advice on getting better coverage so as to cut time with the number of coats would be great. If the annswer is keep doing what I am doing, is there a low cost sprayer that can speed up the process as each door takes me a considerable amount of time (6 panel doors).




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Old 06-04-2007, 07:13 PM   #2
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With two good coats of primer, I don't understand why it is taking four finish coats. A sprayer would certainly speed up the doors, but not a "Low cost" one. Get everything sanded and prepped, then go to a paint dealer that rents pro grade equipment to the trade. Cheap sprayers are nothing but aggravation and yield poor results.


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Old 06-04-2007, 08:49 PM   #3
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That depends on why you need so much paint to get them to look nice

Is it that the brown is still bleeding through?
Is it that the paint is goopy or has brush marks?

Which Zinsser product did you use? (there are quite a few)

Exactly which Ben Moore latex semi-gloss did you use?

One coat of Zinsser's BIN and two coats of Ben Moore's Impervo will usually cover anything
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Ive seen "professional" painters use kilz rattle can primer on door trim in a similar situation...any thoughts on this slickshift...I'm not advising this, just asking.
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Old 06-08-2007, 08:46 PM   #5
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I would get your Bin tinted to the desired color. You did not say what color is your topcoat. I always like to get my primer tinted.
Yes there is a low cost sprayer. It is called a rentasprayer at HD 70-ish bucks a day. Pull all your doors off, find a place to set them up and spray.
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