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    Primer Preferences...

    Fellow Guilders...
    Another hanger and I had a long discussion about primers. I thought I would ask this forum.
    Which is your GO TO primer of choice for the widest spectrum of wall coverings? Why?
    Looking forward to hearing everyones thoughts.
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    Re: Primer Preferences...

    If the walls are sound (good coat of paint or primer) my go-to primer is "swing prep coat". I feel that I get the best results with it, it is hard to find. Anthony

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    We have never heard of that product here in the West. But thanks. It handles double cuts and removals well too?

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    If you are looking for a good primer for doublecuts and removal, I would use Zinsser's Gardz all day long. Or Scotch Paint's Draw-Tite, which is readily available on the West coast.

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    Thanks Tim. I carry the GARDZ in my truck too

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    I never double cut on the wall, I use Steve Boggess' strips. But if I did I would use Gardz or Draw-tite as Tim mentioned. A coat of Gardz on porous walls with Prep-coat on top is a real good hanging surface. Swing Prep-coat is real good for removals. I think I remember reading here or on one of the lists that they use it in LA?

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    Re: Primer Preferences...

    Thanks Anthony,
    We have asked our supplier in Reno, NV if they can fine the SWING PREP COAT product.
    I work out of Lake Tahoe, CA and its known as "the sticks" when it comes to finding available products on hand.
    Thank you for taking the time to respond to the question.
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    Jamestown Distributors will ship Swing Prep Coat.

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    I've been using Guardz or Draw Tite exclusively for over 15 years now and never had any problems on any surface. Can't argue with those kinds of results.

    What I'd like to know is what pigmented primer East Coast installers are using? Draw Tite makes a pigmented primer but it's not cost effective for me because they are a west coast company. I heard there is an east coast distributor but I don't know who that is, anyone know? Guardz does not have an equivilent pigmented choice, unless you go with Shields, which I won't do because I consider it no good. I tried it once and it delamenated off of semigloss paint.

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    Re: Primer Preferences...

    I use a Gardz/123 or Freshstart mix. Around 50/50.

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    Same here, Gardz and/or 123 mix. If I need a quiker dry time and the surface is sound I'll use clear shieldz. Can't stand pigmented shieldz though. Have tried r-35 and rx-35, but ended up unhappy with it and went back to whats worked best.

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    Re: Primer Preferences...

    Quote Originally Posted by ragland View Post
    Same here, Gardz and/or 123 mix. If I need a quiker dry time and the surface is sound I'll use clear shieldz. Can't stand pigmented shieldz though. Have tried r-35 and rx-35, but ended up unhappy with it and went back to whats worked best.
    Interesting, I've had good luck with RX35 when I couldn't get my usual products.

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