Why Alkyd Primers Instead of Latex Primers? - September 17th 2002



Question from Lawrence in Port Coquitlam, B.C. -----

Dear Shell,

I note that you recommend alkyd primers. I realize these primers are good at blocking stains. However, I use acrylic latex primers with stain blockers and have had nothing but success with them for many years. I like them because cleanup is easy. I'm confused; is there some other reason that you continually emphasize using alkyd primers?

Lawrence

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Dear Lawrence,


The main reason for using alkyd primers is to seal the natural oils into the wood fibre ie: Western Red Cedar, treated woods and Spruce etc. This ensures that no bleed through occurs. Follow up with best quality acrylic latex paint or stain.

Regards,

Shell Busey