Primers and undercoats


How to use primers and undercoats


Can I leave primed timber exposed externally for long periods of time?

This is not a good practice as the primer does not provide a surface that is resistant to weathering and the elements. Primed surfaces that have been exposed may need to be prepared and re-primed. Generally the finishing coats need to be applied as soon as possible. Preferably within 7 days.

I need to paint an external stone window sills with a gloss paint, which primer do I need?

Alkali Resisting Wall Primer is the right product. It helps seal powdery surfaces and resist Alkali attack. Flexible Exterior Undercoat and Gloss can then be applied.

How do I treat nicotine stained surfaces?

The surfaces need to be washed down to remove as much surface contamination as possible. Apply the Alkali Resisting Wall Primer to any stained areas, then use Acrylic Eggshell as the finish.

I'm painting lots of bare timber architraves and skirting in a new office block, can I use Acrylic Primer Undercoat before the Gloss finish?

Acrylic Primer Undercoat can be used both as a primer and full undercoat. Any of the Leyland finishes can be applied over the product, even solvent based gloss.

Why do I need to prime bare timber?

Priming bare timber is essential for the success of the whole paint system. The primer soaks into the timber creating a good bond and quenches the absorbency. This provides a sound base for the next coating.

What primer can I use of different surfaces?

Acrylic Primer Undercoat can be used on a variety of correctly prepared surfaces such as wood, metal and plaster. It's ideal to have in the van for those unexpected situations and everyday use.