Painting & Decorating Question

Do i need primer and then undercoat before i use a gloss paint?

I am painting wood work and would like to know if i should use primer then undercoat before i put the gloss on.

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If you are painting bare wood? first treat the knotts then use a primer/undercoat 2 coats is best then top coat of gloss.

if painting wood that is already painted you can just rubb it down a little then gloss if you are using a good gloss but of course one coat of undercoat would be best first.

Answered 14th Jun 2012

A lick of paint

Member since 13 Feb 2012

If the wood is bare you will need to use a knotting solution on all knots, an acrylic primer will be fine, then undercoat and lastly a gloss. If wood has already been painted, then you will only need an undercoat and a gloss coat.
If painting outside, it would be ideal to apply 2 coats of gloss due to weather conditions. You should also lightly sand down between coats.
The reason they suggest not using an acrylic primer with oil based paint is because the oil based paint takes longer to dry than acrylic which could cause cracking of top coat, but if acrylic is dry properly it will be fine, I've never had a problem.

Answered 15th Jun 2012

clements decorations

Member since 13 Jun 2012

We tend to use the Dulux Weathershield System.

On previously painted timber we use x2 undercoats and x1 gloss coat.

On new timber, we knot, sand and fill, and then x2 undercoats, x1 glosss.

Chris Foster.

Answered 15th Jun 2012

CF Painting & Decorating

Member since 6 May 2012

Definitely use a primer / undercoat

Think of it, as painting your car the topcoat is the nice shiny finish but to get that there are several layers of paint under it to help attain that finish.

There are many primer undercoat paints on the market so you need only use two types of paint rather than a Primer - Undercoat - Gloss solution

You should also use a Knotting solution before painting

Do not use an acrylic paint with Oil based Gloss

Answered 11th Jun 2012


Member since 23 May 2012

SBS Ltd has pretty much summed up the process that you should carry out.It can vary slightly depending on the current woodwork finish but all i can add is to make sure you rub down between coats with suitable grade sandpaper reducing down to a 240 grit paper before glossing,hope that helps,Gary

Answered 14th Jun 2012

Atlantic Painting and Maintenance

Member since 10 Nov 2011

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