Painting outdoor wood fence: Is there any advantage to using two coats of primer?

6 Answers

  • Laurie
    Lv 7
    3 years ago
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    Not if you do a thorough job with the primer. It would be better to do one good coat of primer, followed by two coats of paint.

  • Jason
    Lv 5
    3 years ago

    Only if you can’t cover the fence with one coat of paint, then it makes sense to use 2 coats of primer because it’s cheaper than paint.

  • 3 years ago

    Better coverage and protection of the wood but honestly, I think 1 coat is plenty unless you're covering a dark color with a light one.

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago


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  • 3 years ago

    No. Primer is a sort of sticky paint. It sticks to the wood and the new top coat sticks to the primer layer.

  • 3 years ago

    No . . . . but no reason to. . . . primer is just paint solvent with less solid pigments in it . . . you might as well be putting a coat of real paint over the 1 coat of primer.

    BUT . . . . I've never painted a fence: a lot easier to maintain by just using transparent or solid stain . . . . if you're dealing with bare wood.

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