For any chips and knicks, use a wood filler, to repair such areas.
Allow the wood filler to dry and then sand it down.
Yes, I first sanded everything, and then went and filled in the knicks.
I wanted the edges to be smoother before filling knicks.
Then, I sanded the filler and wiped it down as well as the surrounding areas.
No sanding debris should be on surfaces that will be painted.
The Bench Process.
First I cleaned the bench.
I wanted to see exactly what I was working with.
How many chips, and what repairs were needed?
Beginning by sanding.
Then, I wiped it down again.
Using Zinsser to cover the color.
One time over as plenty in my mind and I would not do the priming ever again, it was a waste of time on this project, and I quickly came to learn that!
However, wanting to share my full story, I am disclosing that I tried it and did not like this step, it's not the product, just not a needed step.
Using a 4" brush and a 2" brush is how I spread the Zinsser.
I allowed it to dry per the directions on the can.
Since I originally began working outside on this project, I was able to use the light to see the area I was covering.