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
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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

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