To Prime Or Not To Prime, That Is The Question?
Often people relate the most boring mundane activity with the quip,
"it was about as much fun as watching paint dry."
Being, in the business, we've seen our share of paint dry ...............,ZZzzzzzzzzz
Or is it?
To our trained painter's eye, watching paint dry can be quite fascinating. There's a whole world of microscopic activity going on and we barely notice. If we were to hop on Ms. Frivel's magic school bus and fly into the paint we would dive through the top coat and enter the world of the under coat, where it all begins.
The original surface can be anything: wood, sheetrock, metal. The key is the surface must be smooth, free from irregularities and porous. It must be prepared to 'welcome' its new best friend, 'paint.' They can bond and live a happy fruitful life together.
Much like a stamp needs a thin layer of glue to bond to an envelope as it travels across the world, paint needs primer to bond it to the original surface. The primer is multi-talented as it protects the original surface and absorbs the paint on top to ensure penetration.
"Once the original surface is primed," states Bill Bradsell, "it's time to paint!"
Often, a client will call and ask, "does my painting estimate include priming?"
As Alan Greenspan would say, "it depends."
"When it comes to painting surfaces that already have paint on them, the key is to meticulously prepare the surface for paint, " says Bradsell. "In the business we refer to this as making the surface 'toothy.' We will spend an exorbitant amount of time in the caulk, putty and sand phase to ensure the surface has a toothy grit allowing the paint to adhere to it."
The goal is to create a bonding surface NOT to create multiple layers of paint, which create a heavy and thick look, especially noticeable on window and door trim.
This surface has bare wood and painted wood.
After all , the star of the show is the paint. The primer simply sets the stage .