painting with primer

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by zoglchaim, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. zoglchaim

    zoglchaim New Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    i am painting my room
    i want it to be FLAT WHITE
    i primed it with driwall primer first and realised that that;s the color I want
    Do I have to paint it with regular paint?
  2. TedL

    TedL New Member

    Sep 17, 2006
    NY Capital District
    What do you mean by "have to"?

    If it's being inspected, the building dept. may require a finish coat.
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  4. zoglchaim

    zoglchaim New Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    how could they tell? it's exactly same color
  5. zoglchaim

    zoglchaim New Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    here's what i mean
    is there any reason why i should put a finish coat? ( lasts longer, etc)
  6. prashster

    prashster New Member

    Dec 7, 2005
    Assuming leaving the primer as the top coat is 'to code' then I'd inspect it really well in different light to assure it looks good all the time.

    Also, you won't get as good surface protection with a primer as you will with a top coat (w the poss exception of flat top coats).

    Tops and primers are different beasts. One preps the surface and is optimized for the substrate, the other protects the surface and is optimized for the light and contact it gets.

    If it were me, I'd spring for a standard white top coat. it won't cost that much, and my instinct is in the long run you'll be glad u did.
  7. geniescience

    geniescience Homeowner

    Nov 27, 2005
    humid summers hot, humid winters cold
    OK to do it

    many people have left primer as their final coat.

    it will pick up finger dirt and grease near light switches. You can always add a little paint every couple years.

    A flat mat finish coat of white is similar. It is however designed to be a finish coat, and yes there are differences in properties engineered into the mix. Paint has been around for long enough that people know what to build into the mix. Chemists and engineers have studied this extensively.

    There is every reason to keep on and add a top coat. Reasons not to: money, time, indecision about the color of the next coat.

  8. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Another thing to consider...most manufacturers have a window of opportunity after applying the primer when it will accept a top coat successfully. Wait too long, and you need to apply a second layer of primer or risk a bonding failure - read the instructions carefully.
  9. Randyj

    Randyj Master Plumber

    Nov 25, 2006
    Somewhat of a guess but also somewhat known to be true. The paint will seal the surface (of the primer) better. Primer seals but will absorb more and cause more least that has been my observation... did the same on a rental house, not a mistake but not a great job either.
  10. zimmee66

    zimmee66 New Member

    Feb 28, 2005
    Des Moines, Iowa
    In short, although others may have convinced you already--DONT use primer as a finish coat.

    Primer is formulated for good adherence. IF you used a primer-SEALER then it would be more acceptable.

    Paint boundries are blurring, in the old (oil) days primer was often just finish paint thinned out. Now formulations are a lot of genuine chemical wizardry and a healthy dose of baloney marketing.

    One key is the quality of your primer--if it was cheap (I mean the stuff home despot sells by the tanker load) standard drywall primer, you will be sorry if you don't finish coat it. Good primer has more binder and fewer volatiles so leaves a more durable finish.

    For a pretty good discussion of paint tech look at:

    However, the short answer is probably that you will be happier in the long run if you use a finish coat.
  11. Mike50

    Mike50 DIY Senior Member

    Jan 8, 2006
    Southern California
    I posted the same topic-thread earlier in 2006. It depends. It's been 6 months now.
    I painted 2 exterior doors, a wrought iron table and a large end table all
    Flat with Kilz2 primer.

    I like it too.

    Eventually I painted the doors with some experimental finishes that Im still working on.

    It gets a little dirty and isn't very "scrubbable" imo.

    You will have to repaint (prime) in all likelyhood eventually.
    In my world it's no big deal.
    I like it..

    If YOU like it-leave it and it's all good. ;)

    Use Kilz or Zinsser. (preferred by many pros)

    Last edited: Feb 12, 2007
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