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Primer Selection Table

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General overview to help you choose a primer.

If there is any doubt, do some testing on scrap before starting. You can gauge whether or not you will need a primer and any other required preparations, and once you figure out the optimal solution you can begin coating the project. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions.
 

  Paint Type
Substrate Acrylic Enamel (sprays and liquid) Direct To Metal Alkyd Direct To Metal Acrylic Polyamide Epoxy Aliphatic Urethane Water-Based House Paint
ABS Primer not required N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Acrylic Primer not required N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Aluminum Primer not required Acrylic Metal Primer Acrylic Metal Primer V175 Waterborne
Bonding Primer
V175 Waterborne
Bonding Primer
Primer not required
Carbon Fiber Primer not required N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Concrete & Masonry Primer not required N/A All purpose primer 100% Solids Epoxy Pre-Primer 100% Solids Epoxy Pre-Primer All purpose primer
Ferrous Metals, Good Condition Primer not required Primer not required Primer not required Primer not required Epoxy Primer N/A
Ferrous Metals, Poor Condition Primer not required V175 Waterborne
Bonding Primer
V175 Waterborne
Bonding Primer
100% Solids Epoxy Pre-Primer Epoxy Primer N/A
Fiberglass Primer not required All purpose primer All purpose primer N/A Primer not required All purpose primer
Galvanized and Non-Ferrous Metal Primer not required V175 Waterborne
Bonding Primer
V175 Waterborne
Bonding Primer
V175 Waterborne
Bonding Primer
V175 Waterborne
Bonding Primer
N/A
Plaster/Wallboard N/A N/A All purpose primer N/A N/A All purpose primer
Polyolefins Primer for Acrylic Enamel N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Previously Painted Surface, Good Condition Primer not required Primer not required Primer not required Primer not required Primer not required Primer not required
Previously Painted Surface, Poor Condition Primer not required Primer not required Primer not required 100% Solids Epoxy Pre-Primer 100% Solids Epoxy Pre-Primer 100% Solids Epoxy Pre-Primer
Rusty Surface Rust inhibitive primer Rust inhibitive primer Rust inhibitive primer Organic Zinc Rich
Primer
N/A N/A
Stainless Steel Primer not required V175 Waterborne
Bonding Primer
V175 Waterborne
Bonding Primer
V175 Waterborne
Bonding Primer
Epoxy Primer N/A
Wood Primer for Acrylic Enamel N/A All purpose primer N/A N/A All purpose primer