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Pole Priming

That biennial job of repainting our narrowboat pole has come round again. Some of the paint is back to the bare wood and I wondered what you would recommend as a primer prior to painting with boat enamel (Rylard primrose yellow and Mason's steel blue)? I have aluminium wood primer, conventional Dulux wood primer and Craftsmaster anti-corrosive grey primer. I'd prefer not to add to my extensive collection of paint tins!

Asked by: Clive Dutson  | 2.39pm, Wednesday 26 February

WW says:

I would say of the 3 primers you already have, the aluminium is probaly the best and most likely to stick fast. Two pack primer wood primer is supposedly very good and used by professional painters, but I have no personal experience.
The most important part of painting wood is to ensure that the pole is absolutely dry before painting; and allow each coat plenty of time to dry between coats.

Rupert Smedley  | 4.57PM, Wednesday 26 February

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