Can I prime with regular paint?

arlosmomJune 24, 2013

I know that the purpose of primer is to make the walls ready for paint. I know that it seals the drywall and joint compound so that paint won't be absorbed unevenly. That's the limit for my understanding of primer.

We have drywall going up in my husband's workshop, so it will be a new previously unpainted surface. I have a reject color of paint that I'd love to use up as a primer coat if I can. Is that feasible? My reject can is BM Regal flat (if that matters). I'd plan to paint 2 finish coats of my final color over top of that first coat. Or do I just need to suck it up and buy yet another $50 gallon of primer?


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Sure you can. It's not the best option of course, and I wouldn't really recommend this, but you can do it. Just so you know, you don't have to spend $50 on primer. You can get decent Zinnser primers at the big box stores for under $20. I wouldn't really use the SmartPrime but the 123 is a very good primer.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 8:06PM
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Faron79 PG can, but it's not the best choice at all.

Main issue-
Flats are still somewhat porous.
PRIMERS ARE NOT....BIG difference.

And yes...Zin123 will sell for ~~$19-22/gal.


    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 11:30PM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

paintguy and faron have said what needs to be said

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 3:51AM
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Thanks for the info. Very helpful.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 6:47AM
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