Asked on Jan 5, 2019

How do paint bare wood?

TrudyKelli L. MilliganGk


Do I need to use a paint primer on bare wood if I want to paint it?

5 answers
  • Terri
    on Jan 5, 2019

    Hi Trudy, I actually just read that if you’re painting New unpainted wood, you don’t need primer but, anything else DOES need 1. tinted primer 2. Latex paint (satin or gloss) 3. Clear coat of choice for high traffic/activity. Oh, and always sand if only lightly and wipe before 1.

    this is advice from one who prefers latex over chalk paint, hands down...

    Hope this helps,

  • Katie Sara Creates
    on Jan 5, 2019

    Using a primer is beneficial because it gives the top coat more durability. Primer acts as a strong base for the other paint to stick to. I find that using a primer ensures a more clean, smooth, consistent finish, and also makes the colour of the top coat pop!

    However, all if this also depends on the type of paint you're planning on using. For example, if you're going to use something like milk or chalk paint, primer usually isn't necessary!

  • Gk
    on Jan 5, 2019

    Hello Trudy! Priming your bare wood is a good idea! Here is some info for you!

  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on Jan 5, 2019

    Yes. Best to sand, prime with Oil based primer, lightly sand again, then paint

  • Trudy
    on Jan 5, 2019

    Thank you guys. I appreciated everything you had to say.

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