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argh.. I just finished priming a 10x11x8' room (approx 500 sqft paintable area)... it took me 5 hours, and 2.5ga of Zinssers 123 primer. The room was previously painted a light off-white color, but we had the whole house retextured with a light orange peel... so I'm hoping this has something to do with it. They floated all the drywall, and then sprayed on the orange peel, and now I just finished priming a room.

Here is what I am doing in general:
- Using a 2.5" angle brush to cut in the all the wall/ceiling edges and closet/door trim
- The door trim and closet trim wasn't retextured, and it was previously painted with an oil-based paint, so I lightly sanded and primed all of the trim with the brush. The primer applied A LOT easier on the trim; again, I'm hoping it's because of the texturing
- Roll everywhere else with Wooster 1/2" roller cover. I immerse the roller completely in the primer bucket, then roll against the tracks a few times to event out hte paint, and then apply in a W pattern on the walls.

After all of that, I'm left with a half bucket of primer and wondering what I'm doing wrong...
 

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Sorry if I didn't make it clear.. I have read everywhere that 1ga of primer should cover 4-500 sqft, and I am using double that.
 

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well it should....under IDEAL CONDITIONS, which you did not have.
not your fault.....

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k, guess I thought newly textured walls was as ideal as it gets... guess I was wrong :)

One more question; is primer supposed to go on as evenly and smoothly as normal paint? I see tons of lines after the primer has dried... but I applied my two coats of BM Regal and it looks fine. Just wondering if I should expect the same even-ness with the primer..
 

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I generally see thru primer
Primers main objective (I think) is to make sure that the cover coat can stick to whatever is under the primer
 

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That primer is soaking in and sealing the surface. If you were to put a second coat of primer on then you would probably see the right square footage on coverage.
 
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