Michael Dresdner

straight talk about wood finishing

For once, no primer

Q: We’d like to coat our stripped metal furniture with hammer finish from Rust-Oleum. The local paint person stated this can be applied directly to the metal, but perhaps I am just being old school so I am questioning whether priming first would be better.
A: Rustoleum’s hammer finish is in fact fine to use without any primer, though on an uneven surface, it might make a slightly different pattern than you get on a smooth one. That’s really the only reason I could think of for bothering to prime; to improve the surface of the substrate. If that’s not necessary, don’t bother with primer in this case.