Input on primer type for cedar/plywood project
I recently built a garden gate/garden door, it was built out of new Cedar (WRC) and the top part is ACX Exterior Plywood. Very similar to the attached picture, the round top was routed out of plywood, the rest is new cedar.
Based on my reading, an oil based primer for the Cedar and a latex based primer for the plywood is the recommended finish (topcoat will be exterior latex paint).
I was wondering if I could use just latex primer on the entire door. I do know why oil primer is recommended (stain blocking properties) but I have also read oil is a giant pain in the neck, VOC's, cleanup mess, harder to work with, mildew issues, harder to get good results.
I have been reading some contractor painter forums and at least one suggestion said latex was OK on new cedar wood.
Here is one of the quotes I have read:
On wood siding I traditionally always use exterior oil primer with latex top coats. If it is new wood then I think latex may be a better choice, if wood is old or previously painted then I think oil is the preferred choice. But that is only my opinion.
I have tried both oil and latex exterior primers and haven't seen one out perform the other in exterior applications. I do think that cheap primers don't perform as well.
Thoughts? Anyone use latex primer on new Cedar? Recommendations on product?
Thank you for any comments or opinions.