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Is it bad to leave the primer unpainted for too long?

post #1 of 20
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I primed my computer case and everything went smoothly but my question is, if i wait too long to paint my top coat, is that bad? can the primer be too dry? if so, do i have start over by sanding off my primer and spray new primer?

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post #2 of 20
it can get dusty, which would prevent your first coat of paint from sticking well. also, if it sits too long, you will be preventing the primer and paint from bonding together which is why you use primer in the first place.

how long is it going to sit, and where?
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post #3 of 20
nah ur cool. Just dust it....
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post #4 of 20
The primer should be fine. Just be sure not to handle it to much as the oils from your skin will get into the primer. On a glossy automotive type finish this would cause fisheyes and other blemishes but on the inside of a case it probably won't be noticeable.
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post #5 of 20
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Well the dust stuff and oil. I always wash it with soap and water, blow it with my datavac electric duster, and then i used a tack cloth so that is not an issue.

The primer been sitting in my room for a month lol. i been too lazy to paint the top coat.
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post #6 of 20
Haven't you ever seen those dirt bags who drive their Trans Am with primer paint around? You're fine
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Haven't you ever seen those dirt bags who drive their Trans Am with primer paint around? You're fine
well i do all the time but i do not know if they paint a top coat on that eventually. My only worry is that the top coat wont bond with the primer.
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post #8 of 20
If the case is steel it could be a problem. Primer snarfs up moisture from the atmosphere and causes metals prone to rusting to begin rusting under the primer.
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If the case is steel it could be a problem. Primer snarfs up moisture from the atmosphere and causes metals prone to rusting to begin rusting under the primer.
so the top coat stops the primer from picking up moisture? so basically I better put a top coat on it soon? because i am 99% sure that the case is steel.
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post #10 of 20
Just sand and dust it before the finish paint.How long you wait doesn't matter.
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