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Tragicallynuts
What did I just do??? Painting mistake
Tragicallynuts

Been remodeling my house for 16 months and finally about a week away from completing the kitchen. For the last few days I've been priming the drawers and doors and about half way done with the final coats, glazing, and poly. This afternoon I walked in to get the can of primer from the my painting area and noticed it was still sealed. My heart dropped to the floor!!!! I HAD GRABBED THE WRONG CAN when I started priming. I accidentally used a latex primer instead of the oil base. I'm literally sick to my stomach because I've worked hard on this thing and we're not talking a small kitchen. There's 50 drawers and doors.

Here's the steps I've done to the finished doors;

1. Primer (latex) <--- Oh My Gawd!
2. Antique white (oil base) 2 coats
3. Glazed with black stain (oil base)
4. Poly finish satin (oil base)

How bad did I just screw up???????

Jeanne
Re: What did I just do??? Painting mistake
Jeanne

I think all will be OK. See this Post:https://advice.thisoldhouse.com/showthread.php?125124-OMG-Please-help-i-really-messed-up-Used-oil-base-paint-over-water-base-primer

Note the OP in this post edited her original post to say all was well in the end.

A. Spruce
Re: What did I just do??? Painting mistake
A. Spruce

Using a latex primer with oil top coats is not a problem, where you might have a bit of trouble is that latex may not stick very well due to dirt, oil, and cooking residue. Oil based primer, aka stain blocking primer, will help to bridge contaminates and seal them in, providing a better base for your top coats.

So, as long as you cleaned the cabinet surfaces really well before you started, the latex primer will be just fine.

ordjen
Re: What did I just do??? Painting mistake
ordjen

Acrylic ( latex) primers, such as Zinser 123, actually have excellent adhesion, barring contaminents, as Spruce states,

Sombreuil_mongrel
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Sombreuil_mongrel

The only problem with latex primer is when it's going on top of something very impermeable like a poly or conversion varnish.
I use only oil-base heavy-bodied enamel undercoater because it does everything I want a primer to do. It sticks to everything, it is very opaque, and it can be sanded very smooth for a really flat, level finish coat. I have never found a latex that could do all of that.
I'm surprised you didn't notice the utter lack of oil paint smell, and notice that your brushes did not clean up very well with paint thinner when you washed them out.
Casey

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