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Old 02-29-2012, 09:56 AM   #1
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How do you pros keep your primer so neat!?!


Just a thread about something that's been bugging me...

When I bought my home, I had a plumbing-friend redo my entire cookie-cutter 50's ranch in CPVC. He did a fantastic job. All the joints are nice and tidy.

I've done a little around-the-house PVC work over the years and I love the stuff. There's something strangely satisfiying gluing those pieces together.

However, I always seem to drip the primer everywhere. The stuff is like working with paint thinner. It has no surface tension whatsoever. My joints always seem to have drips and runs.

What is the secret?

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How do you pros keep your primer so neat!?!


When working with small pipe, I shake the dauber inside the can to get most of it off. If i'm working outside once it's out of the can, I give it a little bit stronger of a shake into the dirt. The dauber typically holds way too much primer for a single joint.

The other trick is to lean your dauber uphill as well as the joint that you're priming if possible so that the primer wants to run back down the dauber wire and to the can lid rather than all over the pipe or fitting.


It takes practice most of all, and after a while you learn how much needs to be on the dauber to not make a sloppy mess.

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Just a thread about something that's been bugging me...

When I bought my home, I had a plumbing-friend redo my entire cookie-cutter 50's ranch in CPVC. He did a fantastic job. All the joints are nice and tidy.

I've done a little around-the-house PVC work over the years and I love the stuff. There's something strangely satisfiying gluing those pieces together.

However, I always seem to drip the primer everywhere. The stuff is like working with paint thinner. It has no surface tension whatsoever. My joints always seem to have drips and runs.

What is the secret?
Things like this are trade secrets, that's why we go to school for 4 years and get paid the big bucks
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:55 AM   #4
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They do sell clear primer.
Most pro do not use it on permited jobs because the inspector needs to see that it was primed.
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