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Should I prime my cabinet before repainting?


By dr_nybble

2 years ago



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    #1 2 years ago

    My first repaint on Heat Wave I primed the cabinet with Molotow primer.

    I am getting ready for the second repaint. Do you recommend priming? I know that Clay in his guides says they didn't prime in the factory so you shouldn't either. Pros/cons?

    #2 2 years ago

    Depends on two things in my opinion:
    1 - Is it down to bare wood? If not, you do not need to prime, scuff smooth and shoot.
    2 - How good of a job do you want to do? I mean this seriously. The reason you prime if it is down to bare wood is because the wood is not sealed. If you have spots that are down to bare wood, they will absorb the paint differently and the finished product will show that. Will you be able to notice - maybe - maybe not depending on color. If it is all down to bare wood, it will absorb more (use more) paint, but will ultimately look just fine and even.

    Hope that helps.

    #3 2 years ago

    Bare wood...guess I am priming due to the odd patch/fill here and there.

    #5 2 years ago
    Quoted from Atari_Daze:

    is Vid's physical moniker Clay?

    No. They are different people.

    #6 2 years ago

    Thanks for the reminder about Vid's thread. I bought some Original Kilz we'll see how it sprays.

    #7 2 years ago

    Good luck on the prime and paint & stencil (I am guessing). This sanding/painting/stenciling part was my least favorite of my recent Black Knight restoration. I really enjoyed the playfield swap but this part not so much.

    #8 2 years ago
    Quoted from dr_nybble:

    Thanks for the reminder about Vid's thread.

    No prob, i hope to do some of this same type work this very weekend!

    Wishing you good results, GL!!

    #9 2 years ago

    Paint is not so good without lead from the past. I prime as I use auto paints.

    #10 2 years ago

    Just did my Old Chicago cabinet restore. Only have the yellow left. Have to go to the US to get the closest correct yellow. I sanded down to bare wood and bondo filled all bad spots and graffiti. Then primed and painted. All gloss spray paint. Looks great. So smooth. I say prime.

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    #11 2 years ago

    I've only done one cabinet, but I vote for priming. I too stripped the house paint off a cabinet, (chemically), then filled with bondo, sanded, primed, sanded, primed, etc... Finished cabinet was flat and looked great. Plus a stencil set from Pinball Pimp worked out great.

    #12 2 years ago

    Original Kilz sprays pretty well. Three light-medium passes 5 minutes apart and she is primed. I'll give that a light sanding and then we're on to the base coat with Molotow Premium low pressure and a soft cap

    #13 2 years ago
    Quoted from dr_nybble:

    Original Kilz sprays pretty well. Three light-medium passes 5 minutes apart and she is primed. I'll give that a light sanding and then we're on to the base coat with Molotow Premium low pressure and a soft cap

    If you got your Molotow from a bricks and mortar store, buy any Ironlak can and swap the cap over to the Molotow for the larger areas. You'll thanks me. Caps can be cleaned and kept for future use

    #14 2 years ago
    Quoted from dr_nybble:

    Original Kilz sprays pretty well. Three light-medium passes 5 minutes apart and she is primed. I'll give that a light sanding and then we're on to the base coat with Molotow Premium low pressure and a soft cap

    You may need another prime coat after light sand.

    Heck, if going full hog, you might need more filling after sand and stuff reappears.

    #15 2 years ago
    Quoted from eh97ac:

    If you got your Molotow from a bricks and mortar store, buy any Ironlak can and swap the cap over to the Molotow for the larger areas. You'll thanks me. Caps can be cleaned and kept for future use

    Do you know what cap that is? http://4graffiti.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=66

    http://molotow-na.com/catalog/spray-paint-caps-c-27.html
    I'm using the blue dot cap ordered from BombingScience -- no one in Ottawa sells it.

    #16 2 years ago

    Looks like the standard cap is the widow maker

    https://shop.bombingscience.com/canada/ironlak.html <= ships from Montreal if you want it fast

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