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This is a subject I thought I knew well, but it never hurts to get help from experts :)

This is my rental house project. I've finished spackling spots and cracks, have sanded and stripped some of the old paint off woodwork, and started painting this past weekend.

I've always used Kilz, and am using it now. Water based Kilz over the old paint on walls, woodwork and ceiling. The old paint seems to be just soaking it up, and the Kilz isn't completely covering the baseboards and trim in just one coat.

(1) Should I make sure there is complete coverage before putting the paint on? I'm going from a buttercup yellow to a somewhat dark grey color on walls, and an off white on trim.

(2) Is it better to go through the whole house with primer first, then paint, or do it room by room?

(3) Do I need to be careful about brush strokes showing in the primer coat? Should I lightly sand the woodwork after priming?

(4) The kilz seems to be thickening very quickly in the pan and bucket - should I just work faster, or what?

Thanks to all,

Rita
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