Mixing Paint and Primer

Questions & AnswersCategory: Paint PrimersMixing Paint and Primer
Anonymous asked 10 years ago

I have a 5 gal. bucket of flat white paint, I also have a 5 gal. bucket of white primer stain blocker sealer. My question is; What is the ratio of paint to primer so I can mix it correctly and be able to use only one coat?

3 Answers
MagicDave answered.

Forget it… this cannot be done… the formulated paint/primer mixtures on the market today are composites of many more compounds than just paint and primer…

Besides… using paint/primer products is not recommended and you should always prime with a separate step first, then finish coat with paint…

Anonymous answered.

Why are paint/primer paints not recommended?

Crowder Painting answered.

The idea of a mixed primer and paint combo is for sales and not for lasting results. All paints will stick to a variety of substrates without a primer; Example- Painting the outside of your home. It is in overall good shape and just faded. All that is needed is a good washing, minimal prep and good paint applied.

Read the can label. You will find each manufacture recommends specialized primers for different substrates. The best question is; Why recommend using a primer when the fancy paint label says "Paint n Primer?"

Primers are specially formulated for specific substrates and specific top coats. There are many types available. The best approach is to use one of these primers, best one for your situation, then top coat with a good paint. You only have 1 chance to get this right, using a good primer is recommended for lasting results.