Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Primer on Priming

Another true confession:  I enjoy painting.  
Somehow over the years, I've gotten good at it 
and learned to control the brushes without a need for tape and other aids.
I use quality tools:  the best level of Benjamin Moore paints, 
Purdy paint brushes in a variety of sizes, 
Zinzer sealers and primers.  

I've come a looooong way since our newlywed days 
when I bought a Kmart enamel 
(and I'm sure the cheapest brush ever made)
to paint the bathroom walls of our rental a brilliant kelly green. 

The "stunning" effect of the green with the stark white trim lasted about 24 hours
when following the first steamy shower
the paint ran down the walls turning the snow white window and baseboard trim
into the the color of algae 
and looking like a bad tie dye job!

So looking back, I've learned a lot since then and 
painting is a process that I enjoy.....
Except for primer.  

As much as I like to paint:  I really, really, really (truly) dislike priming. 

Raw beautiful wood 
Door backs about to be primeed
becomes ugly after priming. 
There's no other way to put it.... priming turns lumber into a blotchy streaky mess. 

The first time I used BIN primer, 
I stressed out trying to make it perfect
which is totally the wrong method.

It dries in seconds:  literally.
You can't brush back into it.  
Now I map out a plan of attack and rapidly paint it on without worrying about coverage.

After the second coat of primer, 
it looks a tad better but a smooth "painted" finish isn't possible with BIN.
The cabinet door below has two coats of primer on the center panel and one on the outer sections.

Even after 2 coats, the primer still looks pretty yucky.
Why use BIN primer?  
Because when it's dry and ready to sand, the magic happens.
That's when I forget about what a pain it is to use a product that dries too quickly, 
requires an ammonia cleaning of the brushes 
and has fumes that would kill a canary. 

With the lightest of touches and a gentle sanding sponge,
 BIN sands like chalk 
and the surface becomes smooth as silk.
Zinzer makes some terrific products and BIN is one of them.  

There's been a whole lot of painting (and priming) going on down in the mechanical room!

Two coats of primer on the door backs
followed by sanding and tacking off.
Then 2 coats of paint (Satin Impervo) with at least a 12 hour dry time between each. 
After a few days curing, the panels were flipped over 
and I started the process anew on the cabinet fronts.
Finished sink cabinet drawer fronts and doors
The hardest part was waiting a week for the final coat to cure 
so that Joe could screw everything together and add the handles.

Photos of the finished sink cabinet tomorrow!!!  


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