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Priming bare surfaces

Bare surfaces must be prepared with the appropriate primer. (See the Primer Selector below.)

bare areas requiring spot primingBrush application of primer is preferable as this helps to work it into the surface

Read the manufacturer’s instructions (as with all materials) as they differ slightly and may require thinning to ensure they are properly absorbed into the surface.

When sanding paintwork, you may find that you go through to bare wood in places. This should be ‘spot primed’.

 

Primer Selector

Material

Primer

Stone & concrete

General purpose

Stabilising solution

Render

General purpose

Stabilising solution

PVA sealer

Alkali resisting

Plaster

General purpose

Stabilising solution

PVA sealer

Alkali resisting

Distemper

Stabilising solution

PVA sealer

Alkali resisting

Bitumen paint

Aluminium sealer

Wood

General purpose

Wood primer

Acrylic primer

Aluminium primer

PVA sealer

Oily wood

Aluminium primer

Creosote

Aluminium primer

Aluminium sealer

Ferrous metal

Zinc phosphate

Quick dry metal primer

Non-ferrous metal

Zinc phosphate

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