15th April 2020

The Intrim Priming Difference

The Intrim primer has a different feel and look to off-the-shelf mouldings from your local hardware store or timber yard and we’re often asked the question “What’s the difference between the Intrim primer and a commodity coated primer?”

To help understand, we’ve set out these comparisons (and some similarities) in the table below.

Intrim Mouldings Primer/SealerCommodity Mouldings Primer/Sealer
Available in small to medium volume runs in all made-to-order mouldings.Not available in small to medium volume made-to-order mouldings.
Cuts cleanly on architrave mitre and skirting joins due to the consistency of the coating with no chip-out.Large chip out in joints when cutting particularly on architrave mitre and skirting joins due to the thick coating. Also dulls the sharp edges of wood working cutting tools due to abrasive coating
Seals and protects the timber from moisture intakeSeals and protects the timber from moisture intake
Normal care should be taken for pre primed timber mouldings for the longevity of the product.Normal care should be taken for pre primed timber mouldings for the longevity of the product.
Semi-gloss finish – a light sand required prior to applying top coats.Matt finish – a light sand required prior to applying top coats.

Here are some examples of our primed moulding on the left, and a commodity moulding on the right, where you can see the difference in look. You can see some of the natural timber through out primer, but as you have learnt above, this does not equate to lesser quality.