What Primer Should I Use? - Painting - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Painting

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-20-2013, 05:26 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 20
Rewards Points: 10
Default

What primer should i use?


Hi all, new to this forum and to painting. I am repainting the all of the walls in my home. They are old plaster walls with cracks and holes and an ugly orange peel texture. I am attempting a level 5. Probably end up with a 4.x. Anyway I have the skim coat on in one bedroom and I have taken pain staking efforts to make it perfect. Shooting for no imperfections. Plan on using a SW eggshell paint and was wondering what the best primer would be to get the smoothest finish. I have read that gaurdz can be used as primer with awesome results. Any recommendations will be appreciated.

Advertisement

Jyncks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2013, 07:35 PM   #2
Member
 
Matthewt1970's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 1,815
Rewards Points: 1,070
Default

What primer should i use?


Guardz is more for a moisture barrier. When you are at SW get a gallon of the Promar200 primer. Great stuff.

Advertisement

__________________
Latex Primer: Good for Drywall, that's about it.
Behr Paint: The plastic buckets are good, that's about it.
Matthewt1970 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2013, 07:47 PM   #3
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 20
Rewards Points: 10
Default

What primer should i use?


Thanks for the reply Matthew. do you have an opinion on their Cashmere paint? It says it level nice and is good for beginners.
Jyncks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2013, 07:51 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: pa
Posts: 4,647
Rewards Points: 2,608
Default

What primer should i use?


sw promar paint and primer are great products for pros and homeowners alike...ben sr
ben's plumbing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2013, 08:31 PM   #5
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 20
Rewards Points: 10
Default

What primer should i use?


Thanks Ben. I`m heading there tomorrow for their 40% off sale.
Jyncks is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Jyncks For This Useful Post:
ben's plumbing (07-20-2013)
Old 07-20-2013, 08:59 PM   #6
Painting Contractor CT
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: West Hartford, CT
Posts: 113
Rewards Points: 77
Post

What primer should i use?


Zinsser 123 primer works great as well..Good Luck!
KD PAINTING is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2013, 10:07 PM   #7
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 20
Rewards Points: 10
Default

What primer should i use?


I actually tried 123. It left a bad orange peel on the wall. I`m sure it was due to my technique more than anything. That stuff just would not sand well for me. I had to skim coat the wall again. Thought I`d give something else a try.
Jyncks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2013, 08:37 AM   #8
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 20
Rewards Points: 10
Default

What primer should i use?


Thanks for all of the replies. I think I`m going to try the Gardz and 2 coats of Cashmere out. I'm sure all of the products mentioned do a fine job with the right tools used in the right hands. I'm a noob and I'm sure there's going to be some trial and error before I find what works best for me. I don't mind spending the extra money. I firmly believe in you get what you pay for. Enjoy your Sunday.
Jyncks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2013, 08:41 AM   #9
A Little Of Everything
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 2,209
Rewards Points: 1,098
Default

What primer should i use?


^ Don't be thrown by it, if you get a can of the "clear" Gardz. It looks a touch milky going on, but dries clear. It's not your typical primer. You might also have to be extra careful to avoid any roller lines.

Light touch. You'll do fine!
DrHicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2013, 09:14 AM   #10
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 20
Rewards Points: 10
Default

What primer should i use?


I am not taking sides here. I have read that using gardz will work great for a primer on alot if sites. Jack Pauhl (don't know him from Adam) did some testing with primers. He had alot of pics showing different things used as primer. The photo showing gardz used as primer was awesome. What are your reasons for not using gardz? The only downfall i can see so far is it's thin and tricky to apply. But like anything, alittle practice and....
Jyncks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2013, 12:56 PM   #11
Member
 
Jmayspaint's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 1,351
Rewards Points: 500
Default

What primer should i use?


Quote:
Originally Posted by Jyncks
I am not taking sides here. I have read that using gardz will work great for a primer on alot if sites. Jack Pauhl (don't know him from Adam) did some testing with primers. He had alot of pics showing different things used as primer. The photo showing gardz used as primer was awesome. What are your reasons for not using gardz? The only downfall i can see so far is it's thin and tricky to apply. But like anything, alittle practice and....
Jack Paul's primer tests are very interesting to me also. Having used many different drywall primers over the years, I really think most of them are worthless. Some like Zinsser 123 actually seal the surface. I haven't used Gardz yet, but from what I've read and seen it does seals the surface.
Jmayspaint is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2013, 02:24 PM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 362
Rewards Points: 296
Default

What primer should i use?


Although the primers here are fine, a level 5 finish is achieved by using a specialty high-build primer. It provides a level 5 finish, which does not show the tape joints and seams.
Will22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2013, 03:30 PM   #13
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 20
Rewards Points: 10
Default

What primer should i use?


Pauhl says you can get a level 5 with Gardz. There is no doubt everyone on here knows a lot more about this than I do. I don't think that I need a high build because of the effort that I am taking to make sure there are no imperfections. Using a bright lite and endless sanding, I'm sure due to my inexperience with laying mud on walls. I'm going to try the Gardz and see what happens. Until then, the sanding continues.
Jyncks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2013, 05:35 PM   #14
paper hanger and painter
 
chrisn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Hagerstown MD
Posts: 6,866
Rewards Points: 2,240
Default

What primer should i use?


You will never, ever get a level 5 finish from a primer. The wall needs to darn near perfect before any primer goes on. Also, don't believe everything you read on JP's site
chrisn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2013, 06:16 PM   #15
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 20
Rewards Points: 10
Default

What primer should i use?


I would say a level 5 is more to do with the prep more than anything else. But certainly a product of the whole process. Being a first timer, I don't expect to get a perfect finish but rather, the best I can get doing it myself.

Advertisement

Jyncks is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Free 5 gl of Behr Primer: Why Shouldn't I use it? Lovegasoline Painting 18 10-12-2013 08:47 AM
Smoke remediation water based primer how do I know? wbwill Painting 17 02-19-2013 06:03 AM
Zinsser Bathroom Paint canuckjack Painting 7 08-27-2012 09:00 AM
help me pick a primer jheavner Painting 21 01-27-2009 12:30 AM
prepping old wood for painting newb questions afabco Painting 19 08-07-2008 12:19 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts