If it’s a totally new formula, then I try it with and without primer (or whatever helper may be reasonable with that product type) to get an overall gauge at what longevity looks like as a standalone product and how it might be extended (if necessary). I’ll also try different application techniques and tools based on whether I’m having any issues with the formula, so if my go-to technique for that type of product is working, I won’t work through my whole tool box!
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