Best Primer for Wood UK Review 

Best Primer for Wood UK Review

We are looking for the best primer for wood, that will adhere well to the surface and leave a good covering for the top coat to go on to.

Wood is mostly used in furniture because it is just so versatile and is easily cut and shaped. The surface can be awkward enough to paint and it requires a slightly different approach t

Johnstone's 423323 - Quick Dry Primer Undercoat - Grey - 0.75 L

Rated at 94% satisfaction by over 250+ buyers

This Johnstones paint is a massive seller and is excellent for wood and most other awkward surfaces.

The paint can be applied by brush or roller and I would recommend that you do 2 coats if applying to MDF or any more absorbent wood..

The paint is durable and leaves a smooth finish.

Main features of Johnstones All Surface Paint:

Made for wood, metal and a large variety of surfaces
Easy to apply
Available in different colours
It is available in small to industrial sizes.

All round a good choice and very well priced. This brand is used by tradesmen and is highly regarded by amatuers and professionals alike

Rustins WHPU500 500ml Quick Dry Primer Undercoat - White

Rated at 90% satisfaction by over 700+ buyers

This is a quick dry primer made by Rustin and is the perfect priming wood and other awkward types of material.

The primer has been developed to provide a good surface and undercoat for wood. It drys quickly and leaves a flat finish ready for top coat.

Although it is a good quality, we found it took 2 coats to cover to get the finish we wanted.

Main Features of Rustins Quick Drying Primer & Undercoat:

Works for interior and exterior surfaces
Hard-wearing but needs two coats
Dries to a nice flat finish
The primer can be applied by brush, roller or spray.

It is available in 0.25L, 0.5L, 1L and 2.5L sizes to suit all needs.

This is a good choice of primer for most surfaces.

Dulux Trade Quick Dry Wood Primer Undercoat 1L

Rated at 94% satisfaction by over 600+ buyers

Ideal for use on interior and exterior woodwork, fibre hardboard etc. Providing an excellent adhesion and opacity.

This size of tin will coverup to 13m² per litre

Dulux compares well against other manufacturers for quality and price and this is a great all round primer that is water based.

It will provide a smooth finish for wood and will leave you ready for the top coat.

You will be able to apply paint after 4 hours, as this dries really quickly. Always check it's totally dry though, before you move on to the next stage.

You should get away with just one coat on wood with this primer

Main features of the Primer:

Ready for painting after 4 hours
Easy to use and quick to apply-.
Tough & Durable.
Leaves an excellent mooth finish.
Great adhesion
You can only get this in white.

This difficult surfaces primer is the ideal choice for any painting project.

Sikkens Rubbol Primer Plus Paint - 1 Litre - White

Rated at 94% satisfaction by over 200+ buyers

This is a premium quality, solvent-borne primer/undercoat that can be used on exterior or interior timber. Also as an undercoat on suitably prepared and primed metals and hard plastics.

Its expensive but has excellent absorption and adhesion to timber and provides a perfect surface for any paint coatings with a coverage 14 - 15 m²/litre.

The main features of Sikkens Primer:

Comes from the Sikkens Specialist Coatings Range
Can be used for internal and external items
Super speedy drying that is ready in an hour
This gives quite a thick coating that covers really well
Available in 1L and 2.5L sizes.

Again this is very expensive and I would only use it if I had a problem covering old paint or if my top coat was a very light colour that didn't cover well.

3 x JENOLITE Directorust White Satin - Multi Surface Spray Paint

Rated at 90% satisfaction by over 1.200+ buyers

This type of spray can is very popular though find it quite awkward to use as it tends to go everywhere

It is however very handy and can be used as an all-in-one primer, undercoat & topcoat

You can apply this directly to wood, metal, plastic, ceramic and rusted surfaces and if there is any metal on your piece it will cover light rust.

Main features of Jenolite Primer Undercoat:

Good quality coating
Sticks very well to all surfaces
Twin job as a primer and undercoat
Aerosol is very handy to use
Reasonably Quick drying Time

This primer is touch dry in 1 hour and can be painted over in 4 hours.

Overall this primer provides a good but you need to be very careful with it. I would always do some test spraying first

A very quick video review

We have looked over all the video reviews and found this great short presentation on how to paint wood. It gives you an instant idea of what to expect as well as telling you all the features and spec in and easy to understand format.

I hope you enjoy watching it as I always think its much better to see something in action rather than just reading about it or seeing pictures. This guy is particularly good at explaining how this should be done.

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Between us, we have a lot of experience, and we are more than happy to share that with you here.

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