Before on left....After a coat of oil based gray primer on right. I probably should have done two coats of primer because any spottiness on the primer leads to spottiness on the finish coat no matter how many times you layer it on! But I was really anxious to dip into that can of nail polish red paint!
You must be dedicated to painting if you want red...it takes at least four coats. The paint man (Aubrey at Home Hardware) was right.