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Zinsser 1-qt. White Cover Stain Oil-Based Interior/Exterior Primer and Sealer (Case of 6)
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1-qt. White Cover Stain Oil-Based Interior/Exterior Primer and Sealer (Case of 6)

$53.28 /case

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Zinsser 1-qt. White Cover Stain Oil-Based Interior/Exterior Primer and Sealer (Case of 6) sticks to any surface without sanding. Exceptional stain killing power, its oil-based formula effectively seals stains from water, smoke, fire, nicotine and blocks tanning bleed. It offers excellent flexibility and adhesion.

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  • Ideal for interior or exterior use such as sealing exterior wood and blocking tanning bleed
  • Covers up to 100 sq. ft
  • Flat white finish
  • High hiding all surface primer hides dark colors and seals most interior and exterior stains
  • Oil-based formula provides excellent adhesion to all surfaces without sanding
  • Ensures longer life of top coats
  • Fast-drying oil-based formula provides exceptional stain killing power, hides dark colors and blocks stubborn stains from water, smoke and more
  • Dries to touch in 30 minutes
  • Clean up spills and drips with a rag soaked in mineral spirits
  • Online price includes PaintCare fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, MN, OR, RI, VT

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Tinting

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May 2, 2016
I need a tinted oil-based primer/sealer to prepare a subfloor for a charcoal grey paint. Can this one be tinted?
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October 25, 2016
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Yes, the product can be tinted. No too easy to color match, but if it is a first coat on a new project it should suffice.
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August 12, 2016
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LJWC - the can has the word Tintable right on the front of the can. Ask the paint associate to tint it for you.
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May 3, 2016
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Yes, this product is tintable.
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May 3, 2016
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Zinsser Cover Stain Primer and Sealer is not recommended for application to subfloors. This product is not designed to withstand foot traffic. Instead, use Zinsser Clear B-I-N Sealer. This product is ideal for application to subfloors and can be tinted with up to 2 oz of an alcohol-based stain or aniline dye or a small amount of universal colorant per gallon. Read More
Zinsser Cover Stain Primer and Sealer is not recommended for application to subfloors. This product is not designed to withstand foot traffic. Instead, use Zinsser Clear B-I-N Sealer. This product is ideal for application to subfloors and can be tinted with up to 2 oz of an alcohol-based stain or aniline dye or a small amount of universal colorant per gallon. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Zinsser-1-gal-B-I-N-Shellac-Based-Clear-Interior-Primer-and-Sealer-Case-of-2-249200/202906816 Read Less
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Does it fill and level surface?

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March 24, 2016
does it fill and level syrface
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October 25, 2016
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This product does fill smaller voids. Prior to using this product, fill all voids with "MH Ready Patch." MH Ready Patch is available at Home Depot. It is an interior / exterior product that applies, sands and dries in 30 minutes; deeper voids require more drying time. Unlike spackle or joint compound, MH Ready Patch shrinks very little. For smaller voids, it won't shrink at all. For larger voids, Read More
This product does fill smaller voids. Prior to using this product, fill all voids with "MH Ready Patch." MH Ready Patch is available at Home Depot. It is an interior / exterior product that applies, sands and dries in 30 minutes; deeper voids require more drying time. Unlike spackle or joint compound, MH Ready Patch shrinks very little. For smaller voids, it won't shrink at all. For larger voids, a second application will be required, but never a third. Read Less
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August 12, 2016
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nic - don't count on this primer to fill for you. Use a wood filler to fill cracks, checks and depressions then sand them smooth. The primer has different shrink/swell characteristics compared to wood and the primer is intended only for the surface layer - not as a filler. You might find the cracks get larger if you fill them with primer or paint.
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March 30, 2016
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Zinsser Cover Stain Primer and Sealer is not designed to fill holes or level a surface. Cover Stain provides excellent penetration and flexibility and has exceptional adhesion and stain blocking properties.
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March 28, 2016
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Hi Nic,
No, this is just a primer it does not fill or level the surface.
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what top coats are compatible

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What type of top coat paints are compatible with this primer? Do I have to use an oil based paint or can I use latex paint? I am afraid that if I use latex, it will peel off.
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The product above is oil-based. You can cover oil-based paints with latex and other "primer + finish coat" paints that are either oil-based or water-based paints, but not the other way around. Meaning you cannot use a water-based primer and cover it with an oil-based paint.
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mongo - you can use either oil-based or Latex top coat. This primer dries completely and there is no residual oil. The primed surface is slightly chalky and that allows the Latex to stick tightly to it. I tend to lightly sand the primed surface to even it out before putting on the top coat. This step is not required though.
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August 19, 2015
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Zinsser CoverStain Primer and Sealer is compatible with any top coat. It is an oil-based specialty primer that combines excellent adhesion with flexibility and stain blocking power for interior and exterior surfaces.
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August 19, 2015
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This primer can be used with both oil and latex topcoats.
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Can this primer be sanded?

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Yes, it can be sanded, but be careful to let it dry thoroughly and only use a 220 grit paper. Too much sanding and the product will be removed.
Any high spots on the surface should be leveled by sanding or grinding before applying the product.
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October 21, 2016
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Great question. In general, once the coating is dry enough for recoating, in this instance in one hour, it can be sanded. To ensure Zinsser Cover Stain Primer is ready for sanding we recommend waiting a few hours.
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No, this primer can not be sanded.
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Customer Reviews

Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 29 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Have used this product many times. Only product I know that works first time every time to cover all types of stains on all types of materials. Example, tar was used to coat the inside of a brick flower box no longer wanted by the customer. Flower box was removed, leaving the tar covered, exterior, cinder block wall of the house exposed. How to remove the tar to paint the wall; impossible on a cinder block surface. This product did the job by covering the tar, then a white, flat, latex house paint was used to match the house exterior. This repair is still in good shape today, some 12 years later. No better testimony to a products value than this, seemingly impossible, situation. Unfortunately, I have moved some distance away from the project stated above and cannot provide a photo, but I would if I could. October 25, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by water stain fix Had a couple of water stains on my ceiling that i needed to fix. Usually go with a shellac based product but because i was working overhead, went with oil base instead. To be safe, i went with two coat. Ceiling all painted and no stains have come through. October 11, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by I bought this oil base primer primarily to seal new glazing in my storm windows. I was very surprised to see how fast it starts to dry - that may be helpful in other applications, but made my job much harder. I had trouble getting the correct coverage, the paint started to dry on my brush, and even started skimming over in the can. I have used oil base primer on the same application before and never had this problem. October 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Effectively Sealed Water Stains This primer effectively blocked water stains from bleeding through the finish coat after I repainted some water stained areas on my bathroom ceiling. It dried fast and I was able to complete the repaint job in less than 1 day. I highly recommend this product. October 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Primer This primer was recommended by a store employee and it worked great. Dried fast and I was able to paint within an hour. Goes on with a roller that left a nap, but you back brush it and most is gone. Don't leave the primer sit too long before brushing back over it, maybe a minute. It is very sandable to get that flat finish. One coat coverage unless you want to sand, maybe two coats then. It's supposed to block stains and the wood coming back through. Worked great. April 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great stain cover This product was recommended by the awesome employee who works in the paint Dept. at our local Home Depot. He is so knowledgeable so I took his advice and used it on a ceiling stain that has been there for years. I used two coats just to be sure and it worked great! October 4, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Shrinking paint category Oil-based paint is a shrinking category due to environmental regulations. This primer is one of the few remaining Oil-based products available. It seems to have been re-engineered compared to the oil paints of the 1900s. It has very little 'open' time and this makes it difficult to use with a simple brush. The small section being painted dries before one can get the primer to the next section and small areas at each edge get a double coat. This looks uneven and could affect some top coats. The primer spreads unevenly too with a brush so that the primer layer is extremely thin in some areas. You have to resist the urge to retouch damp areas because the primer on the brush will not melt into the paint that is already on the surface. You'll get clumpy areas. Perhaps using a sprayer would help but I don't have one to use with Oil Paint. My strategy has been to lightly sand after the 1st Primer coat to take off the rough patches missed while prepping the surface and applying a second primer coat followed by another sanding. It is an enormous amount of work but results in an even, flat primer base for the top coat to cling to. It shouldn't be this difficult to use in my opinion. Plan on using the entire can in one painting effort. If not the same day then within a week because after the can is open the primer quickly skins over even with the top tightly closed. Unless you like fishing into oil-based paint cans to remove this skin a better strategy is to use up the quart. I've tried pouring paint thinner on top of the remaining primer but it didn't help much. If you purchase any larger size make sure you have enough surface prepped to use it up ASAP or you will waste 1/3 to 1/2 of the product from skinning. None of these problems are mentioned on the can or web site instructions. There are also no instructions on how to best use the product nor extend the open time and how to prevent skinning. They recommend against thinning. I use Oil-based products as a result of prior experience with painting and the thinking that the oil sinks into the wood, restoring its longevity, however this is not a scientific approach and might not be the best one with todays formulations. If I was going to use a paint that already includes the primer I might skip the oil-based primer and see how the Paint + Primer holds up. There is very little consensus on the Web Sites about the best paint, application techniques and resulting outcomes. The paint companies have some responsibility too as they are not always forthcoming with info about how to best use their paint. Of course they don't agree among themselves either as they want us consumer to buy only their paint. August 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by covered the exposed area very good. The primer worked very well. I was very satisfied with it June 28, 2016
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