Everything You Need to Know About Priming Furniture

Not every piece needs it but, if I am going to prime a piece I am going to use Wise Owl's primer for a couple of reason:

  • Adhesion - It has superior bonding properties. It's perfect for slick surfaces like laminate and plastic.

  • Stain Blocking - It can block tannin bleed-through with just two coats (normally, unless you have a real bleeder on your hands)

  • It's water based. It doesn't have strong odors like an oil or shellac based primer.

How do you know when you need primer?

  • When painting with white or light colors always prime.

  • If you have a slick surface.

  • If you are using One Hour Enamel

What color Primer do you need?

  • I use clear with pieces I want to distress and with dark colors.

  • I use white with light colors that I will not be distressing.

  • I use gray with reds, pinks, and medium toned colors when I am not distressing.

  • I use dark gray on dark colors like Jett Black.

How do you use primer?

  • Clean the surface. It cannot have any dirt, grease, grime, wax, or chalk.

  • Remove all flaky paint by sanding, scraping, or using a wire brush.

  • Fill any holes, cracks, or imperfections you want to get rid of.

  • Stir primer while lifting until it is all the same consistency.

  • You can apply using a paint brush, roller, or by spraying it.

  • For best brush application results, use a quality nylon/polyester brush and a 3/8” nap cover. It may be thinned with up to 10% water for spray application.

  • You can reapply or paint over in 4 hours under normal drying conditions. If you are using to stop bleed-through, apply a second coat and wait 24 hours before painting over.

  • After painting wait 24 hours to apply top coat.

  • Clean your brushes or rollers immediately after painting in soapy water. I use dawn to clean my brushes. It works great.

Here is a chart you can save to help you decide what color primer you need with what color:

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If you ever need any help please feel free to e-mail or message me on social media. I can help you troubleshoot.


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