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Repainting gloss, should I use primer?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in In my home (includes DIY) MoneySaving
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I am wallpapering and painting my stairs and landing.

I am rubbing down the paintwork, to smooth off the cracks and chips, should I use primer?
I have never used it before. But I do have experience of painting cars, where I would always use the correct paint.
I have tended to change between high gloss, low shine, non-drip; what should I use.
My house was built in the 60s, so a number of layers, but not too bad. I am painting white.

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