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Old 09-29-2009, 11:32 AM   #1
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Just ordered new 6-panel interior solid wood doors (6-pine and 1-fir) from a local door company. What primer should I use? They will be topcoated (sprayed) with BM regal semi-gloss enamel.

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I would use Benjamin Moore Fresh Start Enamel Underlay product if you can mess with an alkyd product. Otherwise Fresh Start All Purpose Latex Primer.

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By the way, and it has nothing to do with primer for your doors but is a suggestion for your finish coat. I really think Floetrol is wonderful stuff for improving sprayed, rolled or especially brushed latex enamel finishes. Some may argue that the surfacing agents in good paint like you are using are sufficient but Floetrol really makes that extra difference in my opinion and makes latex behave a lot like the old oil-based enamels.

http://www.floodco.com/paint-additiv...p?productId=12

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By the way, and it has nothing to do with primer for your doors but is a suggestion for your finish coat. I really think Floetrol is wonderful stuff for improving sprayed, rolled or especially brushed latex enamel finishes. Some may argue that the surfacing agents in good paint like you are using are sufficient but Floetrol really makes that extra difference in my opinion and makes latex behave a lot like the old oil-based enamels.

http://www.floodco.com/paint-additiv...p?productId=12
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just make sure you are using it in latex paint only, it does not work in oil
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thanks for the recommendation of the BM primer.

I have used floetrol in the past. I originally had stained woodwork in the house and in the process of replacing it one room at a time. The new wood (base and crown) are being painted white with the regal semi-gloss enamel mixed with the floetrol. I helped with leveling the brush strokes. For the door frames, I am sanding, priming with zinnser cover hide, and paint with regal. I heard good things on this site regarding BM impervo but it does not come in semi-gloss so I went with the regal.

As a backup what zinnser primer would be recommended for the doors?
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Yes. Both the alkyd and latex Impervo paints are low lustre. You will like the Regal better anyhow. I cannot help you with the Zinnser primers. I never use them.
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"zinsser cover hide"? Do you mean High Hide Cover Stain? If so, that's similar to BM's Enamel Underbody.
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thanks for the recommendation of the BM primer.



As a backup what zinnser primer would be recommended for the doors?

Not sure what you mean as a "backup" but this will work for what you need to do but you would do just as well with the Fresh Start ,IMO
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sorry.......meant cover stain, not the high hide thou.

Just wanted a second option in case they were out of the BM primer.

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Cover Stain's great for new wood. If you already have it and are using it on the trim, no need to change for the doors. Just be sure you have good ventilation and/or wear a respirator. I've used a lot of Cover Stain and BIN on restoration jobs and find the 3M 8577 mask for nuisance level vapors works fine IF you have good cross ventilation and put a fan in a window to exhaust the fumes, otherwise use a cartridge type respirator.

Now if you don't want to deal with the fumes, either of the products the other guys suggested are good. Can't imagine a BM store being out of Fresh Start, though......

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I agree on the coverstain for the doors. I am a firm believer in Oil primer for bare wood. You just get better penetration and durablity and Latex Primer will do nothing for wood tannin bleed.
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I just painted a few wood doors. Just used a basic Sherwin-williams primer. worked just fine. Also used Floetrol and it helps. The key is using a quality primer and a quality paint.

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