Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 24
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Hammer 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 3.0 out of 5.0 by pburk 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 Bev covered the exposed area very good.
The primer worked very well. I was very satisfied with it
June 28, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by johne Goes on too thick. Significant brush marks
This product covers very well and provides a good base for blocking bare/stained wood. However, it goes on very thick and there is no way to hide the brush strokes without block sanding it. It cannot be thinned. If you put it on too thick and then try to sand it, it just peels off because it is the consistency of dried caulk.
May 31, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by IreneC Perfect for dry wall repair project
The recommendation to use an oil based primer was absolutely correct. I removed a snack bar and had a deep repair to make. After all the slip, it was time for the primer. This primer prevented light making the paint look different over the repaired area. In the past, I noticed the painted area of repair really "stuck out". This looks professional.
March 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Zappa Works Great
I bought this to prime a bookcase that was built from pine boards that had a few knotholes. It did a great job of covering the knotholes and provided a great base for the following coats of paint.
December 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mecheyolita the right choice
I was thinking of something clear enough to paint my wood door and show the vains of the wood itself, then I found it in this stain oil base sealer.
November 16, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MrFixit929 A Very Good Oil Based Primer and Sealer
I used this on 5 windows at my Dad's that needed painting(have only done 3 so far!).The windows are older(house was built in 1950 or 1953 I'm pretty sure!).It covered the wood pretty good(bare and painted surfaces),some spots I had to use two coats.Sealed the wood very nicely,and painting over the primed surfaces was easy.At times I had to thin it out a little with paint thinner-no bigee.Only thing I would say about this primer,when you're done,clean your brush immediately with paint thinner,and then soap and water!
August 11, 2015