Don't use oil paint to prime EZSand. It's not
likely to soak in well, which is the whole point
of primer. It will also probably "raise the grain"
of drywall, which is hard to fix.
Flat walls with latex paint and patches: Spot
prime the patches with wall paint before you
start. Or just do two coats, which you'll probably
have to do anyway.
I use a latex primer when I do a large area or
have drywall to paint, but for small areas adhesion
not a problem. Water-base paint soaks in.
Washing: I always wipe down woodwork with mild
TSP solution in very hot water. It sounds like you're
talking about washing the walls. I never do that
unless they're clearly sooty, greasy, etc. Latex/
acrylic paint is porous and sticks well, and people
don't tend to put their hands on walls a lot, so
there's no problem with adhesion there.
Kilz isn't too bad for wood priming, but you'd be
better off to use a real wood primer. Simply put,
quick-dry primers are handy but they don't soak
in well. They're OK for spackle spots and small
areas, but not so good for new wood. I like to use
Benjamin Moore oil-base primer and underbody paint.
It provides a nice base without raising the grain.
If you want the trim to look really nice I'd go with
the emulsified oil paint: Benjamin Moore Advance is
one. Sherwin Williams makes a better version called
ProClassic Acrylic Alkyd. It cleans up with water
but settles smooth like good oil paint. The only
drawback is that it's a little bit trickier to work
with than plain acrylic paint and it goes on thin.
You'll need two coats over underbody; probably
three coats over regular oil primer.
(The BM Advance doesn't clean up as well and
the coverage isn't quite as good as the SW
Regular latex paints aren't bad these days for
trim. They settle much better than they used
to. But you can never get the same elegant
sheen that oil paint offers. Acrylic/alkyd is a
compromise between them. (I'm still using
Pratt and Lambert Red Seal satin oil when I can
get it, but where I live P&L is now gone and
Red Seal can only be sold in quarts due to EPA
regulations. Last summer I had a big job where
I was painting 5 or 6 rooms and had a chance
to try out different options, since it looks like
I'll have to give up on oil paint soon. That's how
I ended up with the ProClassic.)
I've only used Behr once, on a wall. It was
surprisingly glossy, sticky and even tended to
sag, which is unusual with water-base paint.
The result was OK and covered pretty well, but
personally I would never use a product like that.
It's worth a few extra dollars to buy good paint.
Expensive doesn't always mean good, but cheap
is very unlikely to mean good. Behr is a HD brand.
I don't know what's in it, but even if it seems to
be good I wouldn't want to trust it in the long run.
Benjamin Moore is not what it used to be since
Berkshire Hathaway took it over and the EPA got
in on the action, but it's not bad. Just avoid the
watery, overpriced Aura line. The Regal line is good.
The newer Regal Select line is OK. Sherwin Williams
is good. Pratt and Lambert is very good, but SW
bought them, so it may be disappearing. Other brands
may be regional and there's been a lot of consolidation
in recent years, so I'm not sure what other options
you might have.
I am about to paint- I have Behr all-in-one paint. It is colored- the walls
are white. However, there are quite a few patches of Easy Sand 20, sanded,
and ready to go. I know the paint has primer in it. But I'm thinking this
paint is made for a condo owner with walls that were in generally good
shape.. Should I prime over the patches just to be on the safe side? Which
Primer? PVA or gripper?
Also- i an priming the wood trim- I am using Kilz Complete oil based, and
then latex semi gloss. I have read that sanding/deglossing is not necessary
since the paint there now is flat. Opinions? Is it normal for primer on wood
to be able to be scraped off? Thanks.