The Interior Primer and
Exterior Primer Selection Guide

Interior Primer

Masonry
Brick (unpainted)
- Acrylic Masonry Primer, Acrylic All Purpose Primer
Concrete (unpainted) - Acrylic Masonry Primer, Acrylic All Purpose Primer
Concrete Block (Cinder Block) - Acrylic Block Filler
Cured Plaster - Acrylic Masonry Primer, Acrylic All Purpose Primer

Metal
Aluminum - Acrylic Galvanized Iron Primer, Acrylic All Purpose Primer
Galvanized Metal - Acrylic Galvanized Iron Primer, Acrylic All Purpose Primer
Iron/Steel/Wrought Iron - Oil Base Rust Inhibitive Primer, 100% Acrylic Metal Primer

Plastic
PVCRecessed Light Trims - Acrylic All Purpose Primer, Oil Base Fast Dry Primer
Miscellaneous Plastic Items - Acrylic All Purpose Primer, Oil Base Fast Dry Primer

Stains
Grease, Crayon, Ink - Pigmented Shellac Primer, Oil Base Stain Resistant Primer, Oil Base Fast Dry Primer
Smoke Damage - Pigmented Shellac Primer, Oil Base Stain Resistant Primer
Water Stains - Pigmented Shellac Primer, Oil Base Stain Resistant Primer, Oil Base Fast Dry Primer

Wallboard
Drywall (new) - PVA Primer Sealer, Acrylic All Purpose Primer
Drywall Green/Waterproof (new) - Acrylic Enamel Undercoat, PVA Primer Sealer, Acrylic All Purpose Primer
Drywall (previously painted gloss finish - Acrylic or Oil Base All Purpose Primer, Oil Base Fast Dry Primer
Drywall (priming for dark colors) - Acrylic All Purpose Primer (deep or ultra deep base)
Drywall (priming/sizing for wallpaper) - Oil Base All Purpose Primer
Wallpaper (priming over) - Pigmented Shellac Primer, Oil Base All Purpose Primer

Wood
MDF - Oil Base Enamel Undercoat, Oil Base All Purpose Primer
Paneling - Acrylic or Oil Base Enamel Undercoat, Acrylic or Oil Base All Purpose Primer
Plywood - Acrylic or Oil Base Enamel Undercoat, Acrylic or Oil Base All Purpose Primer
Wood (previously painted with oil base paint or varnish) - Oil Base Enamel Undercoat, Oil Base All Purpose Primer
Wood (unpainted) - Acrylic or Oil Base Enamel Undercoat, Acrylic or Oil Base All Purpose Primer

Exterior Primer

Masonry
Brick (unpainted) - Acrylic Masonry Primer
Concrete (unpainted) - Acrylic Masonry / Stucco Sealer
Concrete Block (Cinder Block) - Acrylic Block Filler
Cement Fiber Board - Acrylic Masonry Primer, Acrylic Masonry / Stucco Sealer
Stucco (unpainted) - Acrylic Masonry Primer, Acrylic Masonry / Stucco Sealer
Stucco (weathered/chalky) - Acrylic Masonry / Stucco Sealer

Metal
Aluminum - Acrylic Galvanized Iron Primer, 100% Acrylic Primer / Sealer
Galvanized Metal - Acrylic Galvanized Iron Primer, 100% Acrylic Primer / Sealer
Iron / Steel / Wrought Iron - Oil Base Rust Inhibitive Primer, Red Oxide Primer, 100% Acrylic Metal Primer

Miscellaneous
Masonite - Trim, Siding - Acrylic Stain Resistant Primer, 100% Acrylic Primer / Sealer
Vinyl - 100% Acrylic Primer / Sealer

Stains
Wood Knots - Oil Base Stain Resistant Primer, Pigmented Shellac Primer (limited use)
Rust Spots - Oil Base Stain Resistant Primer, Oil Base Fast Drying Primer

Wood
Cedar and Redwood - Oil Base Stain Resistant Primer, Acrylic Stain Resistant Primer
Non Bleeding Wood - Oil Base Wood Primer, Acrylic Wood Primer
Plywood - Acrylic Stain Resistant Primer, 100% Acrylic Primer / Sealer
T-111 Siding - Oil Base Stain Resistant Primer, Acrylic Stain Resistant Primer
Treated Lumber - Oil Base Stain Resistant Primer, Acrylic Stain Resistant Primer
Wood Siding (weathered/chalky) - 100% Acrylic Primer / Sealer, Oil Base Wood Primer

return to interior primer, exterior primer, all purpose primer

return from the interior primer and exterior primer selection guide to house painting advice


Professional Painting, Inc. is a full service painting company serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1988.