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How Long After Priming Should You Paint?

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    LESLIE: Jerry in Las Vegas is a gambling man. You want to paint something without priming. What can we do for you?

    JERRY: I bought a whole bunch of siding. It’s been primed. But my question is it’s been sitting now – but it’s been covered – and am I running into a situation where I should re-prime it? Because you know, that’s a lot of expense.

    TOM: Yeah. Well, if it’s been primed once, I think that you’re probably OK as long as that priming hasn’t been exposed and has worn off. You know, the nice thing about primer is that it’s designed to stick really well, but it doesn’t stand up to any kind of UV deterioration. So as long as it’s not been exposed to the sun and that siding is, you know, dried out before you paint it, I think the fact that it’s primed already is great. And I don’t think you have to put a second primer coat on it.

    JERRY: Yeah, it’s been under heavy tarps.

    TOM: Yeah, I think you’re good to go.

    LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Oh, it’s good, I think.

    TOM: Yeah.

    JERRY: OK. I should be alright, then.

    TOM: Yep. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT. 

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