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Old 09-03-2013, 03:18 PM   #1
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Second coat of primer on new cabinet doors?


I'm in the midst of painting my kitchen cabinets. New doors are paint grade maple. The local paint store recomended 2 coats of oil primer, sanding between each. Is there a benefit to the second coat, or am I just adding work to this project? I'm almost done with the first coat on all of the doors.

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I'm entering my 35th year as a painter and I have never, ever applied two coats of primer to anything.......So, no, you DO NOT need a second coat of primer.

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The only reason I could see for applying a second coat of primer is to give you a thicker sanding base. Or maybe to help keep knots from bleeding.

People on here talk about double priming a lot. That's probably because of applying thin coats.
One good full coat of primer should be enough, but if it seems thin to you it certainly doesn't hurt to do it twice.
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Another reason for priming twice would be to block serious stains that didn't quite get blocked in the first coat. You see this sometimes in manufacturer's instructions. IMO, usually that means you weren't using quite the right primer to begin with. For example, traditionally water based stain blockers don't block water stains very well. Instead of trying 2 or 3 coats of a water based stain blocker, use 1 coat of an oil based stain blocker (or BIN, which is alcohol based.)
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Not to be insulting, but it could be because it's a DIY job, and that's not often noted for the smoothest paint job!

And some woods will get a slight rise to the grain if you use a water based primer. (Which I wouldn't recommend.)

Personally, one good coat of BIN is all that I've ever needed for a paint project over raw wood. But, I've been painting projects for a looooong time.
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Stain grade maple 1 coat should be plenty some other woods I could see 2 coats but not maple.
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my initial plan was to hit it with a coat of BIN first. The manager at the paint store said that was the wrong primer for unfinished maple, and suggested a BM oil primer.
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Stain grade maple 1 coat should be plenty some other woods I could see 2 coats but not maple.
this is paint grade. There's some dark sections, no knots though.
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this is paint grade. There's some dark sections, no knots though.
Sorry I meant paint grade.
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Sorry I meant paint grade.
ok thanks. I thought it was overkill
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my initial plan was to hit it with a coat of BIN first. The manager at the paint store said that was the wrong primer for unfinished maple, and suggested a BM oil primer.
I can see where he was coming from. Maple is an extremely hard wood so I can see BIN not penetrating as well as an oil based primer as it dries very quick.

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