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I have brown wood baseboards and want to paint them white.

I was told to prime with oil based primer and then go with latex paint.

Thing is the oil based primer seems like water? I just opened it up and mixed it forever and when I apply it it isn't all that thick and doesn't seem to cover the wood too much as it seems like I am putting on white colored water...

what is up? Do I need to stir it longer???
 

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Sounds like bad primer. What's the brand name?
 

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Its from Pittsburgh paints

should I return it?
Yes, but also explain to them what was wrong with the paint and give them some feedback. Sometimes there are bad batches with every Paint manufacturer. Sometimes the cans have codes that show the batch it came from. They can actually trace down the other paint from that batch to track other unsatisfied customers or contractors who bought from the same batch.

Feedback is always good. If you want to get a lead to a different manufacturer, contact me through the message system on here.
 

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before returning you may want to dump the entire contents of the can into a bucket and stir. The primer may have settled if it was sitting around for a while. Sometimes all the stirring in the world won't help - there just isn't enough room in the can for you to mix properly. If it is still water thin than it certainly sounds like you have a problem. In addition, I'm not sure why they told you to use an oil based primer. A bonding water based primer like 1-2-3, aqua lock, fresh start, ect.. should work fine in that situation.
 

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Sometimes the oil based products do tend to settle and trying to shake them up does not work. You would have to try as suggested and actually stir or get a small paint mixer to churn it up.

As far as the base board being brown. If it is brown from stain and not paint you need to clean that wood before you prime it. Oil based primers are a great way to lock down any old surfaces. Especially old stained surfaces
 

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My mistake...I had to stir it like a mad man and it is much better now...thaNKS FOR THE ADVICE!

I'll have to sand them down as you suggested to paint them white. Thing is even if I do that I have the feeling that painting them white will still have that "cheap" look.

I am undecided if I should just leave it as is, sand and re-stain, or go with the white color...just wondering if painting them white (which brings out all the imperfections) will be a waste of time and effort.
 

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My mistake...I had to stir it like a mad man and it is much better now...thaNKS FOR THE ADVICE!

I'll have to sand them down as you suggested to paint them white. Thing is even if I do that I have the feeling that painting them white will still have that "cheap" look.

I am undecided if I should just leave it as is, sand and re-stain, or go with the white color...just wondering if painting them white (which brings out all the imperfections) will be a waste of time and effort.
If you have kids like we do and they tend to mess things up like ours. The more stain the better. I am one of the only people with a stain package. We have what is called clear wood(No finger joints)
 
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