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Painting deck - Primer question

I am painting the deck of my 35 year old boat. Currently, the white portion looks terrible, you can see brush marks from 40 feet! I know, everyone says spend $3000, get it done professionally...well, I paid $500 for the boat, no way I am going to toss that kind of dough on a paint job. I am just going to use an Alkyd enamel. (Hey, at this point anything is an improvement.!) It is possible to enjoy sailing a boat that does not look like it belongs in a show somewhere.

On to my question...once I finish sanding down the current paint, and fair out any little nicks, should I prime the entire deck or can I just prime the faired areas? The areas where I have sanded the old paint are feeling very smooth to the touch, so I was wondering if a primer is need in these locations. My question just pertains to the area where there is no anti-skid; I will be addressing that with Kiwi Grip.
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