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Aluminum Wood Primer

Alkyd wood primer


A high quality alkyd wood primer designed to prevent exudation and knot discoloration in resinous woods; suitable for indoor and outdoor use.


  • Gloss level: satin gloss (10-20%)*
  • Theoretical coverage: 10 sqm / liter (varies depending on surface porosity and structure)
  • Recommended dry layer thickness: 55 micrometers
  • Recommended coats: 2 coats
  • Hand dry: approx. 4 hours
  • Time until recoating: approx. 16 hours possible
  • Volume solids: approx. 55%
  • Available colors: Pink
  • Available pack sizes 1.0 and 2.5 liters


Hardwood: Thoroughly clean the wooden surfaces of any oily deposits using a lint-free cloth and white spirit. Turn the cloth regularly. Excessive resin deposits can be softened with a heat gun and scraped off with a paint spatula before cleaning with white spirit.

Softwoods: Lightly sand the wood with sandpaper just before painting for best results. Before use, ensure that the moisture content of the wood is below 15%. Damp wood should never be painted as this can cause bubbling, peeling, cracking and premature destruction of the paint layer. Fresh oak should never be painted until it has been dried for at least 6 months.

In general, the surface must be dry, clean, stable, free of grease and free of contamination and separating substances such as sinter layers, resins, waxes, oils, release agents, etc. The substrate or old paint to be coated must be checked for compatibility with the new material.

See also VOB, DIN 18363, part C, paragraph 3, painting and varnishing work. Old coatings: Check whether they can be painted over or whether they are compatible with the new coating. If necessary, carry out an adhesive tape test and a paint test. Loose, peeling and cracked old paint as well as old distemper paint must be completely removed down to the stable surface. Glossy old coats of paint must be roughened beforehand.


Stir well before use. Do not apply if the ambient temperature is below 5°C.

Brush: Use a high quality plastic bristle brush of an appropriate size for the project. New brushes should be washed in clean white spirit and dried thoroughly with a clean, lint-free cloth.

Do not immerse the brush too deeply in the paint so that the paint does not get under the clamping ring. Avoid drips and splashes by not picking up too much paint with the brush. Apply paint evenly and only expand the painting area so that areas that are still damp can still be applied. For best results, always apply the final brush strokes in the same direction and never paint over paint that has already begun to dry.

Some softwoods may require adding Little Greene Aluminum Wood Primer 5% v/v white spirit to aid application.

Roller: For best results on smooth surfaces, use a short-pile fur roller. For textured surfaces, use a longer-nap roller as needed to achieve even and thorough coverage. Always carry out the last roller movements in the same direction and always connect to areas that are still damp. In locations where high ambient temperatures/strong air currents cannot be avoided, the open time can be increased by adding either 10% (v/v) white spirit or 15% (v/v) of a suitable flow optimizer.

Spray on:

Dilute with up to: 25% (v/v) turpentine
Nozzle size: 1.60 to 2.00 mm (62 to 78 thou)
Air pressure: 0.28 to 0.41 MPa (40 to 60 psi)

Dilute with up to: 10% (v/v) turpentine
Nozzle size: 0.28 to 0.54 MPa (11 to 21 thou)
Pressure at nozzle: 12.6 to 19.6 MPa (1800 to 2800 psi)


After 1-2 coats of Little Greene Aluminum Wood Primer, another coat of Little Greene's Traditional / Intelligent Primer Undercoat is recommended. The final coating can then be carried out with Liitle Greene's Traditional / Intelligent products. (see relevant product data sheets for further information).


The work materials should be cleaned with water immediately after use. Never store brushes and rollers in water as this will impair their application performance.



Store unused paint in a cool, dry, frost-free place and away from direct sunlight. Ensure that closures are securely and correctly closed after use.
If unopened and stored under the above conditions, this product has a shelf life of at least two years.


Excess paint may only be disposed of through a certified waste disposal company. Empty metal containers can be recycled (remove plastic handle from 2.5L containers).



Always read the instructions on the can before use. Ensure good ventilation during application and drying.
For further information, see the safety data sheet.



Manufactured in accordance with the standards of ISO 9001:2008 (Quality) and ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management Systems). 2004/42/EC EU limit for this product (cat.A/gsb): 500g/l (2010). This product contains max.32g/l VOC. This product has been tested and rated A+ in accordance with the French Indoor Air Quality Decree No. 2011-321 - Arrete April 2011.