Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 23
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ramrice Best primer for non-traditional surfaces
I used this to paint old 1970s faux wood paneling, had it tinted to an off white color. Makes the room look fresh and big, goes on thick, it's great!
November 16, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by vssss I LOVE Glidden Gripper
I've read others reviews on this product and I believe that with using this product you should know some tips for getting the best out of this product. I've used Gripper for wood, pvc and metal with excellent results. First, with any material you choose to paint I finish the project before painting with 150 grit sandpaper. I use 150 grit so it's smooth but rough enough so the primer with stick. Secondly, apply a thin 1st coat which won't spread easily because the wood is soaking it up but it'll dry quickly so you can continue adding an additional coat which you'll apply thin also. With Gripper, you'll find that after a second coat that your project is probably more rough feeling than it was before primering the project and you'll probably notice lots of brush strokes, but don't worry. Use 0000 grit steel wool to lightly sand your surfaces enough so the project is left with beautifully smooth surfaces. It doesn't take much to sand away the brush strokes and roughness, so this should be rather quick to complete. Finally, finish your project with 2 coats of your choice of latex paint. You may want to complete the second coat with a foam brush to eliminate and brush strokes on your beautifully smooth project.
November 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Carroll2 Glidden Gripper best primer I've used
I purchased PVC exterior trimboard and needed a primer to use so it could be painted. My handyman recommended Gripper, wuth which I was not familiar. I asked about several other brands, including one which I already had a can of, but he told me Gripper would be the best pick. I bought some and used it and was surprised at how much thickerit was and how much better it covered and adhered. Gripper will be what I use from now on and highly recommend it..
October 16, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Moonbeam Reliable base coat for high use surfaces
I first used Gripper as a primer about seven years ago for a countertop project and to this day it is still perfect. Since I used a dark paint over it, in hindsight, I'd suggest tinting the Gripper just in case the top coat got damaged. It never did show any signs of wear despite regular use. My new project is cabinet refinishing. The gripper has a thick consistency so a soft brush is important and I'm considering diluting it for easier painting. I chose Gripper because, if it will stick to glass, it can handle any surface.
December 2, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Anamandy Great Primer
I just purchased this product a few days ago and used it yesterday to prepare an old porch floor and new pressure treated wood steps for new paint. Prior to that the owner had used, over 10 years ago, the Glidden Porch and Floor paint in Battleship Grey, which is a latex. I don't particularly care for latex. For one, I hate the smell. Second, I find that like latex gloves, they have the tendency to peel and stretch like a rubberband. So I decided to go acrylic all the way since it dries into a tough finish. For the paint color I went with Behrs acryllic in a different color. Prior to priming I scraped away as much as the old paint as possible then I used a high grit sandpaper to smooth out the finish. I then applied the primer. I must say I am really impressed with Glidden Gripper Primer. It went on as smooth as silk and evened out areas where old paint couldn't be removed, filing in the transitions of bare wood and previously painted areas. I recommend Glidden primer for its ease of use, great end results, and value. Oh, and the professional and knowledgeable staff at Home Depot made my purchase fast, simple, and error free. Thanks, Home Depot.
October 3, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LisaJ Best Primer Ever!
I recently purchased Behr's "Gripper" primer when repainting our front door. The associate at our local store suggested I use the gray color primer since I was going to be painting our door a deep burgandy red and the door was currently white. This stuff is amazing! It goes on super smooth with a foam roller and dries in no time flat. The color in the gray primer made it possible to acheive a deep red color in just two finish coats. I liked it so much I used it again when repainting some white furniture black, and it worked like a charm for that application as well. I will never use another primer again! Thanks for the advice Sam, I will continue to be a fan of "The Gripper"!
Lisa J in Jacksonville
August 6, 2007
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by txhotmomma83 OMG! AMAZING!!!!!!!!
This primer is exactly what it is called "GRIPPER"! I first bought the primer to paint over an old trashed dresser and nightstand that had the cheap old wood grain laminate surface. When I bought it I was really doubtful that the small can would cover so much surface area but it blew my mind! I used only half the can on both and that was with 2-3 coats. I had the primer tinted a light blue shade to go with the darker blue paint I was using over it.
I loved it so much I used the rest of the primer to paint my son's "new" bed!
Oh and it also dries super fast compared to other primers.
Like I said, this stuff is amazing! It is worth the higher price tag!
September 10, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by painterguy Glidden Gripper Acrylic Primer - good stuff
I've used this product for years as a professional painter. The "all purpose" nature of acrylic primers has its limitations but this is a really good one. Most DIY painters expect primers to cover when in reality the ability to seal the surface being painted is where the true performance comes in. Finish paints will cover much better than primers. Glidden's Gripper primer is an excellent product and bonds to everything I've ever put it on when cured. I keep it on my truck in white and grey all the time.
December 19, 2012