Multi-Surface Primer

Time to meet our unsung hero, our multi-surface paint primer. Always in the background and playing the unglamorous supporting role, but an absolutely vital part of our range.

The ultimate bond

A ‘bond coat’ primer that’s great for hard-to-stick surfaces, it offers excellent adhesion without sanding. Suitable for plaster, wood, MDF, melamine, mineral and most metal substrates, it is an effective primer sealer for a wide variety of interior and exterior surfaces.

Using a multi-surface primer

As mentioned above, you can use our primer undercoat on a wide variety of surfaces. It provides a foundation that ensures a smooth, durable and even longer last finish.

Due to its multi-purpose versatility, you can use it with our Matt and Eggshell types of paint.

It’s available in white and grey – so whichever colour you choose, you’ve got the perfect base to get you started. We recommend the grey primer for bold colours and the white primer for neutral colours.

Using primer on metal surfaces

Our multi-surface primer is ideal for new metal because it resists flash rusting in its “wet” state, and provides rust resistance for the life of the coating. It dries to a smooth, tight, water-resistant film that is perfect for iron railings, steel doors, metal panels, duct work, galvanised gutters and any interior or exterior metal surface. Our grey primer can be used for enhanced hide and coverage.

Primer features

  • High versatility
  • Easy to apply
  • Quick drying
  • Water based
  • Low odour
  • Low VOC
  • Touch dry in 1-2 hours

Primer tin sizes

Available in 1L and 2.5L tins.

Select the primer colour you require below to open the product information.

White Primer

Grey Primer

Questions about our paint primers

What is water-based primer?

A water-based primer is a coating that helps to prepare a surface for paint. It ensures the surface you are going to paint is stable and will accept the topcoat paint without any problems arising, such as poor adhesion.

What surfaces can you use water-based primer on?

You can use M&L Paints water-based primer on a range of surfaces for home improvement, including wood, brick and galvanized metals. It also helps to visually cover the surface that is being painted.

Is water-based primer better than oil based primer?

Water-based primers are more flexible, fast drying and less brittle than oil based primers. This also makes them less susceptible to peeling and cracking.

Can you use water-based primers under oil-based paint?

Yes, our primer is suitable for use under both oil-based and water-based paint.

Can you use water-based primer paint over oil-based primer?

We do not recommend painting over an oil-based primer. However, there are many ways to prepare the oil painted surface, such as washing the surface with denatured alcohol or using sandpaper. Always perform patch tests to ensure you get the best finish for your paint job.

How long can primer sit before painting over it?

There is no specific limit on drying time noted. Whenever you paint over a primer, it is recommended to lightly sand the primed surface first. Sanding the primer will in effect “freshen the surface”, helping the topcoat paint transfer and adhesion.

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