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Zinsser 1 qt. White Cover Stain Oil-Based Interior/Exterior Primer and Sealer


1 qt. White Cover Stain Oil-Based Interior/Exterior Primer and Sealer

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Product Overview

Zinsser Cover Stain 1 qt. Oil Base White Interior/Exterior Primer and Sealer sticks to any surface without sanding and can be used under and over oil and latex topcoats. It features an oil-based formula that seals stains from water, smoke, fire, nicotine and tannin bleed. Excellent stain killer and bond coat, dries to the touch in just 30 minutes.

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  • Ideal for interior or exterior use such as sealing exterior wood and blocking tanning bleed
  • Tintable oil-based formula provides excellent adhesion to all surfaces without sanding
  • Flat/matte finish
  • Flat white finish
  • High hiding all surface primer hides dark colors and seals most interior and exterior stains
  • Cleans up with mineral spirits
  • Fast-drying oil-based formula provides exceptional stain killing power, hides dark colors and blocks stubborn stains from water, smoke and more
  • Online Price includes Paint Care fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, MN, OR, RI, VT
  • Note: product may vary by store

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Customer Questions & Answers

can I use to treat plywood floor before appling peel&stick tiles?

Asked by: nick
No, Nick. Rust-Oleum Zinsser Cover Stain® Oil-Based Primer is not intended for application to floors. If you are seeking to seal an odor in a subfloor before tiling over, you may consider Rust-Oleum Zinsser BIN Primer Sealer.
Answered by: Rust-OleumSupport
Date published: 2017-01-23

Can I paint it over sanded mud in between coats (2). Is it ok to do?

Small area of kitchen ceiling.
Asked by: Faith
Rust-Oleum Zinsser Coverstain may be used on drywall mud as long as it is fully dry/hardened. For a water based option, we also recommend Rust-Oleum Zinsser Gardz. This is a clear surface sealer that helps with surface porosity and achieving an even paint finish on new drywall and joint compound.
Answered by: Rust-OleumSupport
Date published: 2016-12-20

Can you put this on a concrete wall / foundation ?

I have a worker who bought this to put on concrete foundation in the basement. Will that work ? The floor will be epoxy.
Asked by: SFSailLady
Rust-Oleum Cover-Stain is recommended for application on interior and exterior surfaces that have been damaged by fire, smoke or water. Interior surfaces include new or previously painted drywall, cured plaster and cementbased coatings, wood (including pine fir, cedar, redwood, and plywood), metal (including aluminum, iron, steel, and cooper), vinyl, PVC, masonry (including stucco, concrete block, poured concrete, and brick). Exterior surfaces include new or previously painted wood (including pine, fir, cedar, redwood, and pressure-treated wood), hardboard, metal (including aluminum, iron, steel, and copper), vinyl and PVC.
Answered by: Rust-OleumSupport
Date published: 2016-10-19

Expiration date

I used this product a couple of years ago and have more than half of the can left. Is it still good to use now, or should I get a new can?
Asked by: VJ
Rust-Oleum Zinsser Cover-Stain Primer has a shelf life of 5 years from date of manufacture. Please call (888) 855-1774 with your can handy so we can help determine the age of your can.
Answered by: Rust-OleumSupport
Date published: 2016-09-11
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Customer Reviews

1 qt. White Cover Stain Oil-Based Interior/Exterior Primer and Sealer is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As good as BIN for less $$$ Sprayed a couple pairs of louver doors that had yellowed & tannin bleed through after 20 Yrs. This paint lays down perfect, hides well & dries Fast. I read that B.M.'s. "Advance" water-borne Alkyd was not compatible with it but I had no problems. Using a HVLP & a 1.3 cap set I just had to reduce the paint a small Ammt. with thinner. I spent more time cleaning my spray-gun after using the Advance than I did the Zinsser, which went fast. Cover stain costs almost 50% less than the shellac & seems to perform as well. I'm glad I tried it.
Date published: 2015-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best primer ever! I recently used this product to prime an old hutch that I am painting. I didn't want to have to sand it since there was a lot of details. I read on several reviews that this would be a great product to use in place of sanding and they were right! It went on great and wasn't drippy! I've used other primers that have been messy and drippy. I got a little bit on my hand but it came off very easily. It also doesn't have a strong oder which is great. I will definitely use this one again!
Date published: 2012-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked perfectly on my trim! I covered my 1990s honey colored trim. I sanded the poly down and applied 2 coats. Worked great!
Date published: 2016-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for priming stained mouldings prior to painting I used this to prime all of the stained wood mouldings (and window frames) prior to painting them. There was no need to sand which is the reason why I went with this primer. I used a latex topcoat and the results look great. Saved me a ton of money by not having to replace all of the mouldings. It is oil based so make sure you are prepared to do a thorough brush cleaning with paint thinner.
Date published: 2013-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A truly great product Renovating pro for 43 years, this is the very best primer around. Although latex has come a long way it just can't match the tenacity and finish of this stuff. Years ago we had a similar product called enamel under coater but this is better because it dries so fast. On new wood, on drywall under tile as a sealer, anywhere you really need it to work and for outside use "peel stop" also by zinseer. Way better than conventional primers.
Date published: 2014-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what I needed I needed to paint a laminate bookcase, and choosing the right primer was key. I looked online and found multiple people rated this primer as their "go to" for these kinds of projects. I searched online and found that Home Depot had a better price AND it was available for pickup at the local store. The product was perfect for laminate furniture; it's very sticky and clings to any material. Because it's oil based, it dries quickly and was really easy to get on. My only issue was I forgot it was oil based and attempted to wash my roller in my tub; as soon as I put it under the water, I knew that was a dumb idea. I had stains on my finger nails for a couple days. I live in a small New York apartment and painted the bookcase inside with a few fans on, my window AC on in one room, and a couple windows open in others. The smell was fine (nothing like the spray paint I used for another project), and the whole project took only a few hours from the time I started priming to the time I reassembled the bookcase (I painted 1.5" white and yellow alternating vertical stripes only on the back panel). It took longer for the actual paint to dry. I will definitely continue to use this primer when I want to update my laminate furniture or work with other difficult materials, and highly recommend it. A little goes a long way and it will save you time and money in the long run.
Date published: 2014-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice primer for spraying I used this for the first time on an old dresser redo. This sealed everything up nicely including the rough sides to the drawers. I had to sand afterward but the surface is sooooo silky smooth. I used 220 paper and sanded very lightly, just to knock off overspray. Exquisite! I can not wait to put paint on this. It should lay out nice and flat and beautiful! I used this outside with a gravity fed gun and air compressor, I could smell the fumes through my respirator (not NIHOSH, I would like to get one specifically for this). This primer sands wonderfully after a couple of hours to a nice powdery finish, no gumming up and it feels VERY hard and not tacky at all like a latex primer. Also, after first coat of primer I filled all dings and scratches with drywall compound sanded flat and coated a second time with this primer. Provided a very nice finish and is nice and hard, should be very durable. This will be a dresser in a little girls room so will take some abuse. On the downside, clean up is not as easy as water based primer but I think it is worth it.
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from the worst product ever for exterior it says that the oil primmer is for exterior..on 3 different occasions i used the oil primmer for exterior wood siding. i scraped,washed everything and when it was good and dry used this primmer..within 1 year everything was crackling alligatord and peeling..i will never use cover stain again. i had to power sand a whole exterior of a house because i used this product..and i had to do it for free..if you need a good exterior oil primmer,sherwin williams has a good one..i highly recommend never use cover stain for exterior work.. i learned the hard way and it cost my a lot
Date published: 2014-12-22
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