Is it better to roll or brush primer on cabinets?

A lot of people wonder if it’s better to brush or roll the primer on their cabinets. The answer? It doesn’t matter. The most important thing is that you use a good-quality primer so the paint will stick well. Although many people like the more even application they get with sprayers, not everyone is comfortable using a sprayer. Brush and rollers also work well once you’ve gotten used to them. In fact, some pros prefer brushes and rollers because they can get into some nooks and crannies.

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Does it matter if you brush or roll your primer on kitchen cabinets?

When you’re deciding whether to brush or roll your primer, it’s important to think about how much work needs to be done. If you’re just applying a coat of primer, rolling is the way to go because it covers more area and is faster than brushing. However, if you have many cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom that need priming, a brush might be the better option—especially if they are located in hard-to-reach places such as corners and edges.

Brushes also tend to be cheaper than rollers since they don’t require as much paint as their roller counterparts (one gallon of paint will last longer when used with a brush). I like to use the brush for the corners and profile and the roller for the flat surfaces. 

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Do I really need to prime my cabinets first?

So, you’re finally ready to start painting your kitchen cabinets. The first thing you do is go out and buy paint. But what kind? Do I need a primer? What’s the difference between oil-based and latex paints? If that sounds like a lot of questions, remember that even DIYers like us can get overwhelmed sometimes.

When it comes to primers, there are two basic types: oil-based and latex/alkyd. Both serve the same purpose—they provide a base layer for paint so that it adheres more efficiently—but they have different pros and cons.

Oil-based primers are great at soaking into surfaces (which means they’re more effective at sealing) but they take longer to dry than most other types of primer—and if you don’t wait long enough before painting over them, your new paint job could peel off in sheets as soon as it gets wet or humid outside! Latex/alkyd primers dry faster than oil-based ones do (about 10 minutes), making them ideal for working on large surfaces or in areas where time is limited because once everything’s dry there’s no need for waiting around before applying topcoat layers of color plus protective coats like waxes or varnishes which help prevent chipping later down the road!

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How do I ensure that my primer coats are well-done?

  • Use a good brush or roller.
  • Apply several thin coats rather than one thick coat. That way, you’ll be able to ensure that the entire surface is covered and have fewer chances of air bubbles getting trapped under your paint when it dries.
  • Make sure you cover the whole surface with primer before moving on to the finishing coat of paint (if any). This includes corners and edges as well as flat surfaces, so don’t forget those!

Make sure it’s dry before applying more coats of finish if needed—that’s why we wait 24 hours after each layer has dried before applying another one!

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It doesn’t matter if you brush or roll primer, but make sure you do a good job of it!

When you prime your cabinets, it helps to sand in between each coat with a fine sanding sponge or 220-grit sandpaper.

This makes painting smoother and more even, so you don’t have to worry about brush strokes or roller marks showing through when you finish with another coat.

The best rollers for primers are 3/8 microfiber mini rollers.

You can either roll or brush on primer—either way will work just fine! Just make sure you do a good job of it so that all surfaces are covered and there’s no bare wood exposed anywhere.


All in all, it’s important to know that priming your cabinets is a necessary step before painting them. It will ensure that the paint sticks, and you won’t have to repaint them too soon! As long as you take some time on this stage of the project, then everything should go smoothly from there. If you still have questions or concerns about priming your cabinets—or anything else related to home improvement—don’t hesitate to ask us here at 518 Painters! We’d love to help 🙂