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starkhd 10-11-2011 09:54 PM

What's going on with my primer??
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Picked up some new cabinet frames that had a finish on it. I'm changing them to a white satin, so I sanded down the surface, wiped it off and applied my primer. The primer dried and I'm getting some "holes" in the surface. Will this be a problem when I apply the top coat and second coat? Do I need to re-sand and re-apply the primer? Help, please.

Brushjockey 10-11-2011 10:10 PM

What primer?
Looks like it had something like a polish on it..

Gymschu 10-11-2011 10:52 PM

Looks like spots where the primer didn't bond to the cabinet surface. Are you using a quality bonding primer such as Zinsser's CoverStain? I would try to lightly sand those spotted areas again and then just apply some primer to the trouble spots to see if they will cover.

MikeKy55 10-11-2011 11:34 PM

In the automotive world we refer to that as 'fish eye'. For auto paint there is a fish eye eliminator you add. Basically as I understood it, it was a chemical that was compatible with wax/grease etc. as well as the paint. I never liked using it because it reduced adhesion as well. When spraying auto paints the best way I found was to spray a very light coat on first and allow it to flash for awhile before applying the next coat.

Now that doesn't apply to your problem, but it is an example that will tell you the cabinet had either a little cooking grease or furniture polish that you didn't get off when prepping them for paint.

If it were me, I would scuff the areas lightly and spot prime them again. Don't load the paint on them, just a light coat and give it time to dry.

chrisn 10-12-2011 04:30 AM

Some kind of contaminate on there ( silicon, I would bet):yes: It will not matter what primer or paint you use, it will not stick until it is removed.

starkhd 10-12-2011 06:08 AM

Alrite. Thanks for the advice all.

starkhd 10-12-2011 06:04 PM

In addition to sanding, does anyone have a suggestion for a compound that might help in getting this contaminant removed?

chrisn 10-13-2011 03:44 AM


Originally Posted by starkhd (Post 747483)
In addition to sanding, does anyone have a suggestion for a compound that might help in getting this contaminant removed?

If it is silicon, dynamite or a flame thrower:laughing:

jsheridan 10-13-2011 07:09 AM

Stark, how widespread is this problem? I first thought it was rust, are they wood? I would wipe the area with a degreaser and try again, do a sample spot until you get it. Try thinner, dish soap/rinse, etc. It probably as Mikeky says is fish eye from grease.

starkhd 10-13-2011 07:38 AM

It's across several doors and yes they r wood cabinets. Thanks for the advice. I'll try some of the compounds u guys mentioned and see how I fare.

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