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Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by na bad experience with Zinsser exterior paint
I will have to take pictures and add them to this review later.
Last year we purchased the Zinsser exterior paint. The can said there would be no peeling or chipping and it would go under or over latex paints. We used the paint and less than a year after a whole two car garage was painted there is a large amount of peeling and chipping of paint. It looks horrible.
We will have to repaint the entire garage. I was extremely disappointed with this product.
Directions were followed. The garage that was painted with the Zinnser Bulls Eye paint is less than 10 years old.
July 7, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ttu101 Excellent Sealing Primer--for the proper purposes
I find Bulls Eye an excellent primer sealer for any type of previously painted surface, such as previously finished drywall and plaster. It adheres well, dries quickly and now with a fairly low VOC level it's easier for me to use (I need a respirator for certain alkyds). It is thin, but I've never had a problem with it sealing the surface or any bleed through--and that's what I use it for. That said, what is under it may well show even if it doesn't bleed through. I deal with this by having the product tinted to the finish color before applying it, and then if necessary applying a third topcoat, not a second Bulls-Eye coat.
March 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Lightning1 Real good primer
Used this yesterday to prime my exterior concrete foundation. It's block, with a skim coat of concrete over it. Some of it was chipped, and showed different colors of gray. I patched it where needed, and the patching was white (patches not shown in photos).
I gave it all one heavy coat of this primer, using a half inch nap roller, and it covered real well. The patches and concrete now look uniformly bright white, thanks to the hiding properties of this primer. Later, I gave it an exterior topcoat (soft gray). The roller seemed to skid on the primer, like it was high gloss or something, so left some tracks. I'll need to go over it lightly, a thin second coat. I should have had the primer tinted at the store.
"Coverage." Does that mean how well it hides (very well), or how far you can paint with a gallon (not great)? I think I would have gotten less than 200 square feet out of a gallon, but my project was smaller than that. The claimed 400-450 might be possible on previously painted smooth wallboard if you stretch it out, I don't know.
Anyway, it made a nice coating on the porous concrete, and it seems like a solid base on which to paint.
April 17, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JPN80 Great for Priming Ceramic Tile
I used this primer to prep my backsplash for painting; I probably could have used 1 coat but I used 2 coats just to be sure. I let each coat dry and waited 24 hours before applying the high gloss alkyd paint. Very happy with the final result.
August 12, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by vssss Excellent Primer For Maple Bench
I used Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 primer for preparing a maple bench to be painted and experienced excellent results.
August 26, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Haq Doesn't prime water spots
I used three Coates of this stuff and I can still see the water stains. This is so runny and drips everywhere. This was recommended to me by an associate and I thought it might work better than kilz. I have to redo the priming and will never buy this again. I am going to stick to kilz from now on.
December 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 44LT Paint performed better than expected
Last July 4, 2015 I was scrapping the paint that was peeling off a high garage ceiling for a picky buyer of my house and my brother told me to buy this paint to cover the drywall after all the peeling paint had been removed. I didn't know whether to use a roller or a brush. I found out fast the roller pulled off more good paint than I was putting in the spots that needed paint. I changed to a brush and it blended very well with the existing sections of ceiling that did not need to be repainted. In high humid areas like in Virginia people should not paint garages where after 30 years the paint will bubble and peel. This was not fun but it did the job and my house sold 7-31-15. Goodbye Virginia Hello Texas! Thank you Bulls Eye and my little brother for making a impossible job possible. It was a bit shinny where the new paint was but it looked a lot better than hanging peeling paint.
November 28, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Bullseye123Bad Horrible for New Drywall
This primer is awful for new drywall. It took 2 coats to somewhat cover the drywall and joint compound. And it smells awful like ammonia. Another reviewer commented that the reason they call it 123 is that it doesn't work on the first coat, the second coat but maybe will on the third. So true!
I had used the Valspar drywall primer on other walls and one coat did the trick.
Stay away from Zissner Bullseye 1-2-3. Just go with the Valspar for new drywall.
July 24, 2015