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?



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.


Shell Busey