Primer Not Sticking to Wood- Possible ways to find your way around it!

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“I recently bought a raw wooden top from a local dealer. I planned on doing the paint job myself as I wanted to have firsthand experience and see how I did!

Things didn’t really go on my first try.

The paint I’ve applied doesn’t seem to stick. As a result, the surface seems to be grainy and dull.

What can I do to fix this?”

Timothy is not the only one who is facing this problem. We’re pretty sure many of you have had a similar experience.

You see, painting a surface is not as easy as you would expect. In fact, if done without keeping the details in check, things may fall apart easily.

So, we took it upon ourselves to address this issue while keeping the problem of primer not sticking to wood as the centerpiece.

We would like to approach the issue by pointing out what you are doing wrong. Then we will move on to the important stuff, where we offer some expert moves to deal with the issue in a proper way.

With that said, we believe it’s time we get started!

Primer not sticking to wood: What people don’t get?

There are a couple of important things that regular folks don’t pay attention to. Although these are easy things to remember, you don’t always see people applying them accordingly.

Not preparing the surface: cleaning and sanding

Surface preparation is the first thing most people overlook. But, unfortunately, it’s the very first thing that you, as a diy aficionado, should be doing.

Cleaning and sanding the surface is the first thing you should do in order to let the primer stick to the surface. If the smaller particles are not cleaned off, then you may need to work extra hard on sanding the surface.

And surface sanding is the prerequisite for perfection. As you move to apply your first coat of paint and notice inaccuracies, then the problem is probably the sanding not getting done properly.

Surface identification: Difference in texture

If sanding the surface is the prerequisite, then surface identification is the first major consideration to take into account.

Granted, if the sanding is done properly on any surface, the primer and paint will probably stick to it just fine.

But different surfaces have different textures.

For instance, a wooden surface would be grainier and rougher than a steel surface. So, it’s evident that you would need sandpaper of a higher grade to treat wood (wood is the hero of this discussion by the way).

Using cheap primers and paint: The obvious issues

People always try to cut corners when using paint and primers.

This should never be done, especially if you’re completing a customer order.

One of the many problems you will face is an uneven paint job, which is something no one would want. And let’s face it, you would never put your respect on the line by using cheap products.

That doesn’t feel right, does it!

Priming wood for a proper paint job: The professional approach

No matter what people say, putting on the primer properly is what makes the difference between a noob and a pro. That’s just how it is.

But, as we mentioned earlier, the proper job requires handling the details to perfection. And that’s what we will be trying to teach you now.

Now be mindful of one thing.

We’re not wizards. And nor is it possible to make things happen the right way by just reading something online.

Your efforts are what will make all the difference.

Step zero: Clean the wooden surface

Take a cloth and rub the wooden surface some good sweeps from end to end. Make sure there are no dust particles or any sort of foreign residue on it.

In short, you need to nail this cleaning process to the best of your abilities. You may use warm water to make sure the surface is clean all the way.

Step one: Sand the wooden surface

The sanding provides a holding ground for the primer. It simply helps the primer and paint stick to the surface.

We would recommend that you use 220-grit sandpaper for this task. Although it may seem like overkill, it will offer decent results overall.

But you could probably get away with a 180-grit option as well.

Step two: Add the first coat of primer to the wooden surface

You are now ready to add the first coat of primer. A small tip here is to make sure that every inch of the surface gets an even coating. It’s probably not hard to justify it. All you need is a good look at the surface.

Step three: Sand it again

You’ll need to sand the surface again with 220-grit sandpaper.

The reason behind this is the unevenness of the primed surface. The sanding should even things out.

Do make sure that the entire surface gets proper treatment.

Step four: Give it a final clean

After step three, you need to clean the surface with a cloth or a brush. The exterior should now have a good grab to it.

Now, you are ready to apply paint on the wood.

Wood surface priming: Why is it necessary?

There are two important benefits of wood surface priming.

First of all, priming gives the surface a good hold. It’s also what eliminates minor imperfections on the surface.

The second and probably the most important benefit is the grab that primers offer. Once primed, the surface can hold on to the applied paint better overall.

Closing Remarks

Although we only talked about primer not sticking to wood, the steps to avoid it are pretty much the same for the various surface. There may be a few minor changes here and there.

After going through today’s discussion two things should be clear to you. One, what mistakes do you make while priming. Two, how can you do a better job of preparing the wooden surface so that both the primer and paint stick to it.

We tried our very best to give you the right information, just the way you may want it.

And that’s all there is to it. See you next time.

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