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my deck railing has been stained before and needs it again. My husband bought a Latex primer to put on first then wants to stain after. I don't need the primer do I?

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Posted 2013-08-22T17:02:06+0000  by conkitten1 conkitten1
 

Thanks for the inquiry conkitten1!

 

Stains are penetrating sealers.

 

They must absorb into the wood to do their job.

 

Primer seals the wood and will prevent stain from absorbing.

 

So, as you suspected, primer is neither necessary nor helpful when you intend to apply stain.

 

NOTE:

If you were painting (paint is a top coat that sits on the surface) then primer would be very helpful ... especially on bare wood.

Posted 2013-08-22T17:14:44+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
 
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