Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 18
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by PrimerFailure Suffered Complete Primer Failure
My expectation of this product is that it would be dry in an hour or two, certainly overnight. I was shocked to find that the manufacturer has very low expectations for this product, stating that it takes between a week and a month to dry. If you read the fine print on the can, they claim "adhesion begins after seven days of cure time, in ideal conditions."
After allowing one day for the primer to dry, I leaned a clean ladder against a wall. It stuck, and the primer pulled off the wall in large sheets. The Zinsser people are sending some replacement primer, though there is no way they will provide the other materials lost, sandpaper, skim coat of drywall compound or any labour to undo the damage caused by this product and start over.
August 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Scotty I use this on almost everything and recommend it!
I've been a professional painter for years and have used this primer on a wide variety of surfaces, interior and exterior. It covers great, has good body, and lasts (important if you can't get back to finish coat for a while). It's almost like satin finish white paint when it dries. It also has great adhesion. I've never had any problem with 123 sticking to any surfaces I've used it on. I've recommended it to several friends and customers over the years! Anyone who doesn't like this product probably didn't know what they were doing...seriously!
September 7, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Milo Substandard Product
This is a substandard product. On my painting project I went with Gliden's Gripper. When I went back to the store for more, they were out. As a result I got this primer. I must say that there is no comparison in how they seal. After using Gripper, I felt I was priming with water. Also, you are much more likely to get runs if you are using an airless sprayer. I was very disappointed with this product. And, by the way, it smalls worse than an oil-based primer.
Spend extra couple of bucks and get the real deal.
August 6, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by texaschoice Wasted days, wasted nights
I read about this product on many DIY blogs & everyone swore by it. I used it when refinishing a desk, trying to shortcut the sanding step. I applied 1 coat, waited 2 days and applied another. After 3 more days, even though it felt dry, the lightest touch chipped the primer & it then peeled off in sheets. Rather than waste any more time, I pulled it all off (quite easy to do, no tools needed), sanded & painted. What should have been an easy project turned into a frustrating experience.
September 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PrimednReady Love It!
We painted our entire 40 year old house's interior, priming first with 1-2-3, and couldn't stop exclaiming as to how well it went on and covered EVERYTHING! Rough walls, knocked around skirting boards, louvered doors, you name it. Our house is transformed, and because it dries so quickly, putting on the final coat was quick and easy. I would recommend this to anyone, particularly do-it-yourselfers, as it is a breeze to use, and makes you look like a pro.
June 28, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MikeyG great for some cases, but not all as listed
I've painted professionally for about 9 years, and have experimented with many different paints and primers in the field and around my own residences. For the price, this is my top pick for peeling/flaky paint, and when I want to repaint oil based surfaces with water based. It doesn't adhere very well to metal, as months later I can still scrape the paint off to the bare metal with my fingernail, and it hasn't done a good job of covering water or oily stains either (stick with oil based for those instances). I learned the hard way how glossy it is when I spot primed a ceiling, then painted the whole thing flat, and that one spot was still shiny. Nice on bare wood if you know how to work with it, even nicer when you plan on finishing with a glossy white, but I don't recommend spot priming. I've also had sub-par results sealing masonry, unless you don't mind applying two coats.
June 22, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Steve This product does not block stains - not even a bit!
I bought this product specifically to block water stains on drywall and I also tried it outside to block bare wood that was staining thru paints. It does not work for stain blockage. After 7 coats I finally got blockage of the water stains- but who wants to apply 7 coats?. The label on the paint can specifically states "BLOCKS STAINS". It was nice white paint otherwise.
December 3, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by djkr World's worst primer
This is the world's WORST primer. I've used 3 coats to try to get coverage and still have terrible lines. I eventually had to purchase a different product to finish my project.
Many wasted hours and some waisted money.
Perhaps for drywall or something which doesn't matter it'd be ok, but not for any kind of project where streaks/ lines/ even coats/ coverage matter.
June 9, 2012