How do you get rid, say, of the dreaded paint primer residue?
Paint primer can ruin a job well done.
For some, primer is not only a nuisance but a hindrance.
The paint must be thoroughly cleaned after each coat to prevent it from contaminating other paint and other products.
And the residue can be a problem for a paintbrush.
Paint primer isn’t just a matter of scrubbing a paint surface, says Bob Purdy, owner of Paintbrushes, Inc. Purdy has had paintbrushes for 25 years, and his customers tell him that they need the paint to be clean, not dirty.
He says the more paint there is in the paintbrush, the more likely it is to get stuck in a product.
So, the next time you see a paint brush sitting in a dryer, check the seal.
“If the paint is not sealed, you’ll find that you can easily break the seal,” he says.
To find out what the paint primer is, ask your paint professional to check your seal with an acetate-based test kit.
Then use the following primer tips to get the job done.
Apply the paint evenly and evenly throughout the entire surface of the paint brush.
Don’t rub too hard or harden the paint.
If the paint feels dry or soft, then you can rub it hard with a damp cloth to loosen the residue.
Then wipe the paint down with a clean rag.
Apply a small amount of paintbrushing oil to the area where the paint should be applied.
The oil will keep the paint from sticking and prevent the paintbrush from peeling.
After that, brush in one layer of paint, and then apply another coat.
Apply another coat of paint if needed to get all of the residue out of the brush.
When you are done, apply a second coat to seal the brush and remove the excess primer.
Then, brush the paint back on the area that was painted, if needed.
“It’s a great way to get out of a job if you are doing a lot of different types of work,” says Purdy.
If you are painting a door frame, a light fixture, a lamp or a light source, Purdy says you should paint the area lightly with a coat of primer.
“But for a big job like the bathroom, you can do a good job on just one coat,” he adds.
Once you are finished with your job, you need to get it done right.
“Just as you do for any other job, make sure that you’re painting properly with paint primer,” says Bob.
You can also spray the primer off with a spray bottle and let it dry.
“There’s a good chance that the paint will be very hard and stick to the paint,” he advises.
“The easiest way to remove it is simply to wipe the entire brush and wipe it dry.”
If the primer does stick to your paint, Pounds recommends painting a new paintbrush with a thicker paint.
“After a few weeks, the paint can be very clear,” he said.
The primer also can be applied with a brush and some paint remover.
“You can use a scrubber and just scrub it off,” Purdy said.
To use primer, apply it evenly, with the brush or spray bottle, on the surface of your paintbrush or other surface that will be painted.
Apply paintbrushed paint and apply a new coat of priming paint, if necessary.
Pounds says to paint lightly with paintbrush so the primer won’t be able to stick to paint.
Once the new paint is dry, apply the new primer coat, or if you need a thicker coat, apply another layer of primer to seal.
And finally, repeat.
Apply all of these priming tips to your painting and to other materials you are working with.
“A primer spray can be the most effective way to clean up paint,” Pounds said.
If your paint is starting to come off after a few years, you may want to use a second-layer primer.
But the primer will not last forever.
Paints that come off well after a while, especially those that have been primed, can last for a very long time, according to Purdy’s company.
If there is a lingering smell or residue, you will want to take it to the store for a cleaning, and that is where Purdy adds another tip to the primer painting guide: use a dry cleaner.
Picking the right dry cleaner is important because it will help remove the residue and also help to keep your brush cleaner.