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Hi there Chris. The primer it recommends is Value Shade 4 = grey. There is a sliding scale of primers from 1 = white to 7 = matt black. For Gris Boreal, its bang in the middle.

I can understand about using a solvent lacquer, but it will take some time for the water-based paint to completely dry off before you can start lacquering (at least overnight), so there is no chance of a reaction.

What I would suggest is applying the lacquer in 3 coats; the first is more of a fine dusting (a bridging coat, if you like), then the second should be a normal coat, and the third should be as heavy as you dare (without getting a run).

Use a heatgun on the 3rd coat to 'lock-in' the gloss, otherwise the solvent will evaporate & water will be absorbed = dulled finish.

I've found cardboard boxes to be useful at holding pieces of trim in place, yet allowing access for painting over the entire surface.

Hope some of this is of help to you.


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