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Old 08-12-2019, 12:00 AM   #1
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To Prime Or Not To Prime Before Solid Color Stain??


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I have an addition coming up with an all cedar exterior. I was going to order pre-primed cedar trim and shingles so everything has some moisture protection on the back face.

Customers just informed me they'd like to use solid-color stain instead of paint. My understanding is that solid color stain is pretty much equivalent to an exterior floor paint. Seems to me it would still be a good idea to order pre-primed stuff for this job. Anybody have a reason why I shouldn't prime before solid color stain?

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Old 08-12-2019, 12:18 AM   #2
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Re: To Prime Or Not To Prime Before Solid Color Stain??


No, stain does not get primer. It is not coating the wood it is sinking in and staining it. We use it a lot on the cheaper decks here.

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Solid color stain is usually acrylic for this. You'll get tannin bleed unless you use oil primer
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https://www.cabotstain.com/products/...od-Primer.html
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Are the clapboards rough or smooth side out?
Is the stain oil or latex?

If its smooth side out,
Thin a long oil primer and prime (primer tinted to finish) then latex stain. Don't even try oil stain on smooth pre primed clapboards.

If its rough side out,
Thin a long oil primer and prime (primer tinted to finish) then latex stain.

or

thin the oil stain and apply 1 coat.
(also add mildewcide)
(also tell the customer you can't apply 2 because it won't dry and it will flash)
(also tell the customer that it will fade in the first 2 years)
(also tell the customer that after 4 years it will fade and it will have to be washed, primed and re-stained with latex)

This is my subtle way of saying don't use oil stain on pre primed clapboards..
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Thanks for the replies guys. After talking to my Sherwin rep, I'm going to stick with non-primed. I would have liked to have everything back primed, but a longer lasting exterior finish seems more important.

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