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Rawlins Expert Advice: All You Need to Know About Paint Primers and Additives


Here at Rawlins Paints we like to share the knowledge we’ve built up. Our team of experts are there to help you through your project and make sure you have the right tools at your disposal.

Today we want to share with you some advice on using paint primers and additives. They aren’t always the first things that come to mind when you start a new project. However, they are both incredibly useful! We’ll share our top picks with you too.

Why bother to prime?

Many people won’t use a paint primer as it means you’re creating extra work for yourself but did you know a high-quality primer will preserve your surface and paint work even better? This means that in the future you’ll save time as the surface will be harder-wearing.

Additionally, primers have many great qualities such as UV protection and protection against environmental elements.

Which primer?


We suggest you give Rust-Oleum 769 Damp-Proof Primer a try! This primer can be applied directly onto metal surfaces, whether they are dry or slightly moist. It’s been around since 1921 and is still a popular choice. It has a low-odour and can penetrate the rust and get right to the metal. This means that you can spruce up your rusty metal surfaces with this simple to use product. Even without a topcoat, this primer will really do the trick.

Why bother with additives?

Additives can have a huge impact on the finished look of your paintwork. You can use decorative additives to create a variety of looks, excellent for safety markings and decorative patterns. The experts think you should use them as they can even help the surface to last longer and work harder for you.

Which additive?


We suggest you try Ennis-Flint Reflective Glass Beads on your next project. These reflective glass beads are great for dark areas where the surface may need to be more reflective. Not only that, but they improve the overall durability and slip resistance of the surface!

Primers and additives don’t stop there, if you want to know more about primers and additives, speak to the expert team at Rawlins Paints.

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