07:45PM | 04/23/03
Member Since: 04/22/03
1 lifetime posts
We have recently purchased a house and am now wanting to redecorate.

We have stripped the wallpaper and am now ready to prime. The wall paper came off well and we only had to patch some small nail holes.

We are going to use Benjamin Moore paint...can we use a non-Benjamin Moore primer? The reason I ask is that we want to prime the entire house (1600 sq ft, 4 level split) and the primer we saw at Benjamin Moore was pretty costly. (we already had to buy 14 gallons of their ceiling paint to cover the if we can cut a few dollars) Will we be sorry if we choose a cheaper primer? Since the primer is covering a previously wall papered surface, should we do anything differently? One person suggested I use a primer that is meant for cover surfaces like this.

Thanks for the help


03:43AM | 04/24/03
Member Since: 02/03/03
196 lifetime posts
My advice would be to stick with the system - use BM primer - it is best to do this.

BM is a good product - not cheap though - My thought would be if you are willing to buy a Mercedes - you don't put regular gas in it.

On that same thought - instead of a Benz - perhaps a Lexus...try this:

If you want to take a look at some alternatives - try checking out Ralph Lauren broadwall (regular) paint.

Should be about $10 less than BM - and performs better in testing by a well respected national lab.

Glidden (who makes RL) also makes a primer called Gripper - it is great under RL - and will work great over previously painted/papered walls.

Both are available at The Home Depot

Mr. Paint



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Few projects are more fun than upcycling a vintage piece in a surprising way. Outfitted with a sink and a delicately tiled... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... For windows, doors, and mirrors that could use a little definition, the Naples Etched Glass Border adds a decorative flora... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon