Rated 2.9 out of 5 by 13
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tommy Excellent drywall primer, esp. for post-stripping popcorn
Professional painter for over 20 years, and 50% of my customers now are wanting ceiling popcorn removed, then painted. As another review stated, this is NOT all-purpose primer for wood or hard-to-stick surfaces. I've used numerous other drywall primers, and have tried several general purpose primers that are pretty good -but for new (or in my case -newly prepared) drywall, I love it. If you're stripping popcorn (using water through a tank sprayer method), I highly recommend 24 hours of dry time; as good as this primer is, I've had it peel off a little during a couple jobs while rolling it, realizing later that the ceiling was not 100% dry; dry-to-the-touch, but just beneath the surface it still had moisture. Don't rush it --let it dry thoroughly! After I figured this out, it's performed 100%.
Just a note: because it is not a true stain-blocker/sealer, you will need to use a stain-blocking primer if you have any water stains. I always carry a spray can of "B-I-N" to shoot smaller areas quickly and effectively. Sometimes Zinsser's "CoverStain" will work, sometime not...but the B-I-N always works.
I've tried virtually every type of primer, sealer, stain-blocker brand out there (Sherwin, Benny, all big-box brands), and Zinsser has taken all the guesswork out of what I'll need -and their prices are very reasonable. Love 'em!
June 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by nschultz BEST NEW DRYWALL SEALER
Note: This is NOT FOR SEALING WOOD! For sealing wood, you MUST first use Zinsser BIN shellac to cover the yellow streaks and the knots - apply a few thin layers (it dries fast). THEN, to prime the wood for paint, use Zinsser Covercoat fast-dry ALKYD Primer (let each coat dry 6 hours) - 2 coats. Then paint with oil or latex paint of your choice. That is the ONLY combo that works on wood! Trust me, I know!
Zinsser Primecoat is a RAW, NEW DRYWALL SEALER. It dries fast, and it is a great value. First, tack off any dust from the drywall with a barely damp cloth and allow wall to dry a few hours. Then apply TWO COATS of Zinsser Primecoat. This will SEAL THE PAPER on new drywall - the paper sucks up sealer and you will NEVER get a nice paint finish without this step.
BUT, PAINT DOES NOT ADHERE WELL to Primecoat sealer; it will be splotchy; SO you must NEXT (allow Primecoat to cure at least 12 hours first):
PRIME the sealed walls with Zinsser 123 - 2 coats, a few hours between each. This will create a great, smooth surface that any decent paint (like the basic Behr) will stick to.
TIP: Buy both the Zinsser Primecoat and 123 in 5 gallon buckets - new drywall sucks up a lot of sealer and primer! You'll waste lots of time and money using one gallon buckets!
April 10, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by agnes Does not block stains
Bought a gallon of this yesterday. After 3 thin coats of this primer, the stains still shows through. Lots of yellow patches on the white primed surface. I sanded the wood surface to almost bare before priming. If I read these review before buying I would never buy it. What a waste of time and money. Can I get my money back?
February 22, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jon43 DON'T BUY
Worst primer I have ever used sticks to surfaces like Behr paint (not well)and doesn't prime or seal over New or old wood nor does it hide the easiest common stains as it claims don't waste your money on this garbage
February 9, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Zinsser1233 Do NOT buy
I used this on fake mobile home cabinets and it failed to hold on. It Peels off like a banana. No excuse for a poor product from zinsser. Please remove from HD shelves
January 16, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 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 5.0 out of 5.0 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 1.0 out of 5.0 by NickSavage waste of time and money
I bought this product by mistake -- in a hurry, looks a bit like Kilz and right next to Kilz on the shelf.
Too thin, It does not cover well and does a poor job stain blocking. I can get by with one coat of Kilz, but this stuff needs two coats.
What's left in the can is going to kitty litter heaven and back to the store for Kilz.
May 12, 2012