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Old 05-26-2012, 10:00 PM   #1
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After faithfully reading all the paint tips here I had my plan of action mapped out for my new home. Wash walls, prime, 2 coats of paint.

Had my daughter go to the paint store and buy everything needed for 4 rooms as they're having a big sale this weekend. The salesman told her she didn't need to buy primer!!!!!!!!! wth?

I was determined to do the best job possible and now am a little confused.

She thought he was the assistant manager. The guy I usually talk to was off today.

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If you are painting over painted walls, and they are not real glossy, there is no reason to prime. Primers are problem solvers- but in that case there really isn't a problem to solve.

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and even the glossy ones can be painted over with a little sanding and cleaning first
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thank you both. I like the idea of saving money so will proceed without primer.
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You say new home? You cannot paint over drywall without priming first. And if the contractor left a primer of minimal quality I would prime with something decent.
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IMO, if you think you might need primer, you do.
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It's a 29 yr old home........new to me.

I really appreciate all the help.
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IMO, if you think you might need primer, you do.
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What if you don't know what a primer is or does, but somehow you think you need it?
She came here to find out. She found out she doesn't need one.
If you actually have a reason why she does I'd like to hear it.
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What if you don't know what a primer is or does, but somehow you think you need it?
She came here to find out. She found out she doesn't need one.
If you actually have a reason why she does I'd like to hear it.
Just given the information in the OP... new home (to him anyway, revealed in a subsequent post). Assuming no idea what it was painted with before. I don't know what "real glossy" means so I would assume scuff all woodwork, wash, prime and and two finish coats to be a reasonable plan with a fair chance of success. Skipping the prime probably wouldn't doom the job but would likely reduce the probability of success. By how much????? pick a number.

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