Surface Prep: Priming

Cracked or Peeling Paint

Priming is always recommended to promote coverage, adhesion and durability of the topcoat. Surfaces that should be primed include:

  • All unpainted surfaces (such as bare wood or plaster, or new drywall)
  • Wallpaper
  • Patched or repaired areas
  • Paneling
  • Stains
  • Surfaces painted with oil-based paint
  • Surfaces that will have an extreme color change (light to dark or dark to light)

All painting should be done within twelve hours of using a primer for best adhesion.


Choosing the Right Primer

Latex (water-based) primer should be used on the following surfaces:

  • New Drywall
  • Previously painted, patched and repaired, stained surfaces
  • Galvanized metal

Alkyd (oil-based) primer should be used on the following surfaces:

  • Paneling
  • Bare wood
  • Wrought Iron and other metals that will rust
  • Wallpaper
  • Water stains or severe stains