Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 8
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SWong This mildew proof paint works but it's NOT cheap....
Much as I hate to admit it this Zinsser mildew proof paint is about as good as you will get especially for high humidity rooms such as bathrooms, showers, and basements. You do have to purchase huge amounts of this type paint and pricing is what I was overly concerned with but after using my completed bathroom (see all pictures for proof) you can clearly see that the paint has held up perfectly with neither blistering nor mold/mildew rearing it's ugly head. If you want a quality mildew proof paint this is the one to get!
March 1, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Melissa Not Worth the Headache if You Want Color
After recently gutting and renovating our master bathroom we decided to purchase this paint to add an additional protector against mold & mildew. I primed the brand new drywall with Kilz2 as I have with several other rooms in our home. Then I painted the ceiling with the Zinsser Satin Perma-White. There were no issues painting the ceiling. It looked flawless (and I double checked this after painting the walls).
However, I had this paint tinted gray for the walls. And while he paint color dried evenly in the color I chose, application was the absolute worst experience I have ever had with paint. The consistency of this particular paint is thin compared to most latex paints, tinted or not. But for some reason the tinted paint bubbled like crazy. And in an effort to smooth out the bubbles, I went over some spots more than once(immediately after applying) and it started pulling the paint up. It's as if the paint was super fast drying and would leave a lot of little dried paint particles on my newly painted walls. Out of frustration, I decided to see what would happen if I left the bubbles, and that left a bubbled finished. I even switched out my roller cover for a brand new one halfway through. I use Purdy brushes and rollers so I know it's not a quality tool issue.
Overall, I can't recommend this product as I have had nothing but a frustratingly miserable experience with application.
July 27, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Joe123 TERRIBLE! POOR ADHESION OVER EXISTING PAINT! FIND ANOTHER PRODUCT!
I'm not a professional painter, and I'm not an endorser of any paint manufacturer, product or anything like that. I'm an average Joe that needs to paint a relatively small bathroom ceiling where I recently added LED ceiling lights and my wife now would like the ceiling color changed as well. I chose this paint since it says that it is great for mold/mildew areas such as bathrooms, and I wanted to use what appeared to be a great product for the job (I don't want to be doing this again anytime soon). To note, I don't have prior history of mold or mildew in this bathroom.
The existing ceiling paint (Glidden satin, approx 3 years old) held up very well. I began by reading the instructions and the label says the paint can be applied over existing painted surfaces as long as it is cleaned and sound. This paint does not need primer. I cleaned the entire ceiling with a household cleaner to remove any grime, then I sanded it lightly using a piece of sandpaper over a drywall sanding block. I wiped the ceiling down using a damp cloth & water to take off the dust and came back to paint a couple days later.
I began painting by cutting in the ceiling at the walls and noticed this paint was not adhering to the existing finish very well. The problem occurs when I overlap some strokes - the brush pulls away areas the first strokes just put down. I know I shouldn't "over tool" the paint when applying by brush, but this is ridiculous. I got very frustrated, so I decided to stop and read the instructions again, check the internet, and clean the ceiling once more. Well, it still occurred and I'm beyond my limits of dealing with it. I didn't get to use the roller yet, but I'm worried what condition the ceiling will be left in after those overlapping movements.
I've never experienced such terrible performance, and I've used a lot of different brands over the years. In my opinion, this is a very tricky paint to use over a sound existing finish. I'll be getting another brand - something that I've used before and know works well.
March 9, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by 2knives Can't find it in stores and Paint was damaged as packaged
These are only sold in the two Gallon package as of 08/01/2015.
I ordered them and when they showed up the box was undamaged and perfect; however, the paint cans were bulged up and one of them was busted open. I contacted customer service twice about the busted can and never heard back from anyone. Again, The box that it was shipped in was not damaged at all but the cans inside were swollen and one was leaking paint.
I would not recommend getting this shipped, find it in a store on the shelf if you can.
It is good paint for a bathroom ceiling, Satin is as much as I'm willing to go with a ceiling.
August 4, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DixieLee Did the job for many years
Used this product around 2002 to paint small bathroom with terrible mold problem. I used to have to scrub the ceiling with bleach solution every 3 months (I wore goggles and tried to keep my mouth closed!) We had the tiles around the tub/shower removed, closed off the window, and had an acrylic surround put in. We painted ceiling and walls with Zinsser. (Tinted for walls.) It held back the mold for ten good years on ceiling, held up even better on walls. New house has ugly colors in bathrooms, will be using this again. Only caveat is that if you have it tinted, since the bright white has a blue (cool) cast, the tint might not be true to what you want. OTOH, altho it didn't quite match the tiles, hey, mold doesn't match anything!
October 8, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Joe1234 I FINALLY HAD A CHANCE TO COME BACK AND CORRECT MY REVIEW FOR THE RECORD....
Like I stated in my first review on March 9, 2015 (Joe123) that I am not a professional painter, I scoured the internet to help with my problem that I faced that night. I found a recommendation to use "TSP" or trisodium phosphate to wash the ceiling. I went back to Home Depot only to find something called "TSP Substitute" (made by the same manufacturer as the original I saw online - which is supposedly a safer product to use and for the environment). I bought the dry powder version that gets mixed with water per the instructions. I first sanded down the monstrosity it originally left as best as I could and wiped off the sanding dust. I scrubbed the ceiling REALLY well using a solution of TSP Substitute and an old wash cloth, and then wiped it clean using a second bucket filled with rinse water and a clean wash cloth.
I let the ceiling dry overnight (not a humid time of the year yet) and went back to cut in the ceiling as before. This time the paint behaved really well and as it should. After the cut-in work, I rolled the ceiling and it did not pull away any of the overlapped paint. Coverage appeared to be very good - not too thin or too thick.
By the way, I did not realize that a Rustoleum company representative responded to my earlier post and they offered a product support phone number to discuss my issue. It was probably due to the fact that I unselected the response option for the email I provided when I posted the first review. Had I received timely notification and made the call, we probably would've discussed this method as a possible solution.
I've revised the overall rating, quality and value to the above and hope this chain of reviews helps someone else. It's not to say that I won't experience poor durability or longevity, or see spots show up on the surface since it has only been a few months. If I don't come back and comment on this case within a year or so, consider it performing very well.
July 19, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RanDownBasement Seems To Be Quality Product
Used 9 gallons of this product to cover every remaining wood portion of my used-to-be moldy rotten basement. House sat vacant while in probate then I purchased in October. Sat all summer and molded the basement, got sick 4 times from working down there (took 3 times to figure out it was the mold half-way killing me) and the 4th time I was wearing a 3M mold rated respirator (returned that to the store). Sprayed 9 gallons of Concorbium mold control, which did awesome at killing it all off, then I sprayed this product to prevent any other recurrence. This sprays out of a wagner just fine without any thinning and it went on well. Too early to tell if it does in fact inhibit mold growth, and with the 70-pint dehumidifier with built in pump that I purchased here I don't believe I'll ever find out if this does inhibit the growth. Also installed an energy recovery ventilator to supply fresh air and exhaust out old air.
I'd recomend this paint to anyone with a basement. Might as well paint with this and be protected ahead of time instead of it happening then dealing with it as I had to.
December 30, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mommola Great product!
Have used this product many times and it never disappoints - good coverage, holds up well.
April 16, 2014