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Old 01-27-2008, 08:39 PM   #1
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Zinsser primer driying with oily residue


I am painting newly bought used cabinets. The cabinets themselves are covered with laminate and the doors are kind of a plastic with wood grain. I washed everything really well with Dawn and water, also with Fantastic on the grease gunk and rinsed very well. I primed today with Zinsser Bullseye 123. It was cloudy and sprinkling off and on. (I as under the patio of course.) Temperature was around 60, humidity was less than 75%. The doors and cabinets are taking a long time to dry, which I expected, but now there is an oily residue that is on most of the dry surfaces. Is this normal? Should I wipe everything down before the paint goes on?

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Hmmmm....is it like a stain that's bleeding through the primer?

Or is it just white/clear and oily?

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My guess is that its due to the rainy weather and humidity. Solvent based products are notorious for being problematic under those conditions.

If the weather doesn't clear up, take the pieces inside to dry in 50% or less humidity. If the sun was out, the problem wouldn't occur. I suspect that you have a film of water rather than oil. It just feels slick ( ) because the water film isn't letting the primer cure out completely. The plastic pieces are probably the ones with the problem?

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I suspect that you have a film of water rather than oil. It just feels slick ( ) because the water film isn't letting the primer cure out completely. The plastic pieces are probably the ones with the problem?

That would be my guess also.
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Thanks for the replies! I moved the doors inside the night I posted my original question and by the morning they were fine. No residue. One of the cabinets had some of the oily residue pooled in a corner but not much so it wiped up ok. I agree that it was because of the humidity. I will know better next time!
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