Dulux (solvent) primer discontinued... Advice please

12 Jul 2005
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United Kingdom
Hi All,

Over the last few years of renovation in my house I have always used Dulux solvent based paints.

As I redo each room, I am replacing all the woodwork. So, I've been using colron knotting solution, then dulux primer, 2 coats of dulux undercoat followed by 2 coats of dulux satinwood, and I have been pleased with the results.

Started the most recent project and I have primed about half of it, and run out of primer. Popped out to the diy shed to buy some more only to be told it's not available any more.

Yet, they still send undercoat, gloss & satinwood which all say on the can to use dulux wood primer.

The only primer products remaining are specialist (metals and "difficult surface) primers, and the water based primer/undercoat.

I've rung the dulux advice line and the technical person didn't even know what primer was, so when she told me I could use the waterbased product with solvent based on top, I'm not particularly filled with confidence.

Furthermore, I read around on here and elsewhere that most the solvent paints have been reformulated and therefore any satinwood I buy won't be the same as the satinwood i've got half a can of from a previous project. And the new stuff is quite prone to yellowing.

So I don't really know what to do. I need more primer, which I can't get. Or I could start again with a different paint system? or, I could finish priming with a waterbased primer and continue with solvent undercoat and satinwood?

Or should I just switch to trade paints? Although it looks like dulux trade primer is grey?

any recommendations much appreciated.


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Yeah its all changed a bit....

You can apply solvent based paints over a water based primer.

The system i would use would be this :

Knot, then one coat of sikkens BL primer undercoat (hybrid acrylic)
Fill and rub down
Another coat of BL
1 or 2 top coats of sikkens BL satura (hybrid acrylic)

For my money sikkens have nailed what are essentially water based paints the primer uc and satura are very good, apply in a similar way to solvent based, dry fast and level out well without leaving brush marks. The big advantage is the paint will stay white.
Problem you may have is where you've used solvent based paints they will look off colour or yellow when side by side against the fresh stuff you paint.

Is this not available if you do decide to go down the solvent route?

Thanks for the input.

I've already primed half the wood in the solvent primer. Can I water based u/c over the top?

I think from the next room, when all the wood is new, I may switch to a new water based system, but I wonder if for now I should just finish this job with trade solvents.

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