Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood Primer
Poplar is a challenging wood species for interior trim priming and painting because it has a rather pronounced grain pattern, both in visual and tactile ways, as well as having odd color variations in the grain patterns at times. For paint contractors who work in new construction, it is a very common and at times frustrating species of wood to paint, especially when in the prep and prime stage of getting it ready for finish coats. Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood Primer provides good solutions across the board.
One primer that solves the issues of poplar quite handily is Sherwin Williams Premium Wall and Wood Interior Latex (B28W8111). This product is on the thick side, and fast drying – 30 minutes to touch, two hours to sand and recoat. While typically the job of primer is to seal more than cover, there are situations where solid coverage out of primer is a desirable added quality. For a thick, fast drying primer, Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood is actually quite user friendly. It doesnt gum up or drag, it just dries. And if you go over an already dry section, because the initial coat is so solid, it doesn’t flash or give a double coat effect like some competitive lines that are less solid. With other latex or acrylics, the double coat effect is dramatic, with this it is negligible. Low frustration factor here.
We have used Wall and Wood on a couple of recent project trim packages, and we like the working characteristics. In addition to drying in a timely manner, it sands to powder, and can be power sanded without surface burn through or gumming up abrasives. The smooth sanded base coat is nice to paint over, delivering insurance of sheen consistency in the topcoats. I personally have been priming raw poplar stair risers and stringers with it lately, and if we gave thumbs up around here, I’d throw up two for this primer.