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Rated 4 out of 5Â by NEShopper Great for basic priming needs
I have used this product on a number of recent projects, and have been very happy with it. It provides great "bite" for MDF beadboard panels (which appear to have been factory primed, but have somewhat of a plastic-y surface.) It effectively seals unprimed trim wood and even plywood, and truly doesn't raise the grain or affect the integrity of the plywood. It also effectively seals out darker colors and allows new paint to go on smoothly and with much better coverage than it would have if you painted directly over old paint (even old white paint.)
I do not believe that this product is a light blue color as another reviewer stated. It can be described as bright white. I suspect that what the other reviewer noticed was an optical illusion caused by how the eye perceives one color next to another color. This can look blue-ish next to unfinished drywall or even less brilliant white shades. Next to other brilliant white shades, it is clearly white.
This product isn't great at sealing some stains, but it doesn't claim to be. I had some tannins repeatedly bleed through, so in that area, I had to switch to a different primer. This is a non-issue for most everyday priming needs, though.
May 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Piratefish Great Primer at a great price
Used this product on a large job because of the price. It really seals drywall and wood trim at the same time without having to switch primer. Also sands well and excepts all types of finish paint..
It is not a great stain sealer so if that is what you need choose the correct product, dont blame Zinsser.
January 8, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Mcguyverqueen Super for the price
I bought this product because I am repainting our apartment. The walls were disgusting when we moved in - not only filthy but also hideous colors, and when we asked if we could repaint our agent happily said "go for it!" I have been a fan of the shellac-based BIN primer for years and when I owned my own home that is what I used. It is absolutely the best, hands down (in my opinion) BUT it's a pricier product than I wanted to use for a rental (especially since everything needed priming!) So I tried this and I have been very happy with it. It allowed me to trim my budget without sacrificing excellent final results. (I do always use top-quality brushes and finishing paints, I won't cut corners there). It has covered grease as well as stains of...unknown origin very well (in a couple especially bad spots and on extremely dark walls I did use a second coat). Nonetheless, for the price it's a definite winner. It adheres well to all surfaces I've used it on (including inside cabinets and nasty metal shelves which were beyond cleaning). It dries VERY fast and is extremely low-odor. Keep the Kilz, thanks, I'll take Zinsser primers any day.
February 5, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Kathyvnj Disappointed
First, I had to go over and over areas this would not cover the prior paint and simple pencil marks and YES it is a blue hue. Not a big deal unless you hit the white ceiling and find out too late it is NOT white but it is white in the can.
September 27, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by DeniseMski Goes on blue
Very low if any odor. It says white on the can, and it is white in the can, but when it goes on the wall, it is a pale blue color. They should mention that.
September 21, 2010