I need to paint three cheap pine shelves for a backyard metal frame.
I have plenty of heavy-duty paint that would withstand the weather,
sun, etc. , but no primer.
Embarrassing question: I really do not know whether
two coats of paint get the same result as primer + paint.
After all these years-- to confront such a dilemma !
Advice appreciated. Insults assumed.g>
I've cheated and painted bare wood without primer. For outdoor, hard
weather, I would
use primer and put two coats, at least, on the end grain. End grain is
almost always where
a little bit of moisture gets into the wood and causes peeling and
cracking. The better you
seal it up, the better it will weather.
Primer is not paint.
Primer has a different function than paint. A couple are to seal the
wood, to create a good bond between the material and topcoat and to seal
stains from bleeding.
It's just a matter of do you need these things for your particular
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