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It said on new wood to use an acrylic interior primer. I'm not sure why you would need a primer if the paint is a primer and paint.

Don't know for sure, but my guess is that the paint/primer combination, being water-based, will raise the grain of the wood slightly. The separate primer/sealer will seal the wood and raise the grain slightly, but it is easily sanded--unlike the paint/primer combo.

In all probability you will be happier with your shelves if you use the separate primer and sand the primer coat smooth before applying the finish coats.

Kathleen
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