I know I am not the only one who likes oil primer performance on new trim but has lost that lovin’ feeling about using them. The odor, the dry time, the silica dust, and the thinner cleanup for starters, make me want to see more latex primers. There are, literally, many headaches associated with the use of oil primers, paints and solvents. I have been making noise since around 2008 about this with manufacturers.
With modern paint formulations as advanced as they are, there is just no reason why we can’t have waterborne or latex primers that don’t make us feel like we just lost part of our life at the end of the day.
Let’s face it, the industry may never fully embrace the concept of self priming paint performance on wood and walls. That said, I am encouraged that some of the major manufacturers are putting R&D dollars into better primer technology development, and I am pleased to have been (and continue to be) dragging these products out onto jobsites for real world testing opportunities by pro painters, and providing direct feedback to manufacturers about how things really work outside the lab.
Latex Primer FAQ’s
Is there one latex primer that can do it all?
Is it better to use a few different latex primers as substrate specialists?
Can we build a completely waterborne 3 coat system in the field that is as good or better than an oil system in both aesthetics and performance?
If so, could this be more profitable than plodding along with the same cost suckery of oils, thinner and lost time?
Can they spray as well as brush or roll at a high level?
These are some of the questions that we are getting to the bottom of as we wrap the Primer Roundup.
Results will be posted throughout 2012. Here’s how KILZ MAX weighed in.