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Bulls Eye 1-2-3 1 Gal. White Water-Based Interior/Exterior Primer and Sealer

  • Primer preps for paint, blocks stain and odors on surfaces
  • Resists blistering, peeling and mold and mildew growth
  • Ultra-low odor water based primer dries to touch in 35 minutes
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Zinsser bulls Eye 1-2-3 1 gal. water based white primer and sealer provide excellent adhesion to glossy surfaces without sanding. It's great for interior and exterior surfaces. Outstanding low VOC and low odor formula is designed to resist blistering, peeling and mold and mildew growth. Works great in low temperatures, inhibits rust and seal tanning bleed.
  • For all surfaces, use on interior and exterior new or previously painted drywall, wood, masonry and more, adheres to tough surfaces, such as chalky exterior siding and trim, galvanized metal and hardboard
  • Covers up to 400 sq. ft.
  • Flat/matte white finish
  • Features a breathable, water-based formula designed to resist blistering, peeling and mold and mildew growth
  • Mildew resistant film
  • Permanently blocks and seals common stains, graffiti and tannin bleed, rust inhibitive - great for new metal
  • Dries to the touch in 35 minutes
  • Fast drying, ultra-low odor water based primer and sealer is perfect for everyday use and can be applied under or over any topcoat
  • Dried film is mold and mildew resistant making it ideal for high-humidity areas such as laundry rooms and bathrooms
  • Clean up with soap and water
  • Online price includes PaintCare fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, DC, ME, MN, OR, RI, VT, WA



  • California residents

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Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product TypePrimerPrimerSealerSealer
Primer PurposeDifficult Surfaces,Low-VOC,Sealant,Smoke Cover,Stain BlockingColor Changing,Mold, Mildew & Water Damage,Odor Blocking,Sealant,Stain BlockingColor Changing,Odor Blocking,Stain BlockingColor Changing,Odor Blocking,Stain Blocking
Container Size1 Gallon1 Gallon2 Gallon1 Gallon
SheenFlat/MatteFlat/MatteFlat/MatteFlat/Matte
Substrate/Surface Use TypeCeiling,Composite/Vinyl,Concrete/Brick/Masonry/Stone,Drywall,Plaster,Plastic,WoodBrick,Drywall,Masonry,Metal,Plaster,Stucco,WoodConcrete/Brick/Masonry/Stone,Drywall,Metal,WoodConcrete/Brick/Masonry/Stone,Drywall,Metal,Wood
Application MethodBrush,Paint Sprayer,RollerBrush,Paint Sprayer,RollerBrush,Paint Sprayer,RollerBrush,Paint Sprayer,Roller
Paint/Stain FeaturesFast Drying,SealerFast Drying,Low Odor,Mildew Resistant,Mold Resistant,Stain ResistantMildew ResistantMildew Resistant
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Specifications

Dimensions

Container Size
1 Gallon

Details

Application Method
Brush,Paint Sprayer,Roller
Base Material
Water Based
Coating Product Category
Primer
Color Family
Whites
Color/Finish
White
Dry to touch (min.)
30 min
Interior/Exterior
Exterior,Interior
Number of coats recommended
1
Number per Package
1
Paint/Stain Clean Up
Soap & Water
Paint/Stain Features
Mildew Resistant
Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product Type
Sealer
Primer Purpose
Color Changing,Odor Blocking,Stain Blocking
Sheen
Flat/Matte
Substrate/Surface Use Type
Concrete/Brick/Masonry/Stone,Drywall,Metal,Wood

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
Satisfaction guaranteed for full refund of purchase price

Questions & Answers

411Questions27Answers

Can this help prevent rust on swing hardware made from zinc?

Asked by grizzberries June 11, 2021
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You can paint over the rust and it will adhere, however I don't think this primer has any rust preventing abilities

In your answer to a customer's question, you state this product is "good over galvanized metal, b...

Asked by Terrence June 6, 2021
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Answers

I think your question is one of terminology. I consider water based, latex and acrylic paints to be one and the same. Cleanup afterward is water or soap and water. Don't overthink it. Oil based is probably more durable as a topcoat in your situation anyway.

I primed my kitchen ceiling & walls with 2 coats of this and like the bright white color... Do I ...

Asked by Bbcashew June 5, 2021
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I'm not an expert, but I don't think using a primer as a finish coat is a great idea. It's not going to be as tough or stain resistant as a paint, and you'll just end up having to face the whole project again in a few years. For a kitchen, I would look for a really durable paint that can handle a little sponging if something splatters. I don't think you necessarily need a semi-gloss. There are washable flat paints. Satin is also an option—a bit of sheen, but more forgiving than semi-gloss. If you really like the look of the primer, you could even have a paint store match that specific shade of white.

Does this work on MDF or veneers or laminate furniture?

Asked by Anon June 2, 2021
4
Answers

Yes

can this be used on galvanized sheet metal?

Asked by Badger May 31, 2021
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Answers

Happy to help. Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Water Based Primer can be applied to galvanized metal, it can then be top coated with oil or water based paint. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 6

Can i use this as a wood subfloor primer in preparation for putting down peel and stick vinyl flooring?

Asked by Becca May 28, 2021
1
Answer

Thank you for reaching out, Becca! We do not recommend using our Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer for sub flooring. Our Zinsser B-I-N Advanced Synthetic Shellac is an excellent option for this project: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Zinsser-B-I-N-Advanced-1-gal-White-Synthetic-Shellac-Interior-Spot-Exterior-Primer-and-Sealer-2-Pack-270976/204774853 - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2

Is Bulls Eye 123 Primer Alkali resistant? Is it vapor permeable? Is it 100% acrylic? I cannot ...

Asked by JD May 27, 2021
1
Answer

Thank you for reaching out, JD! Our Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer will resist surface PH levels up to 11.0, and has a perm rating of 14.8. This primer utilizes a styrenated acrylic resin. We hope this answers your questions, please reach out to us at 888-855-1774 if you have any additional questions. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2

What is best primer for wallpapering over latex painted walls?

Asked by Bob May 26, 2021
2
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Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3

Can I use this on Open Cell Spray foam? I have spot checked a section with KILZ and it worked go...

Asked by Travman May 25, 2021
1
Answer

Happy to help. Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Water Based Primer can be applied over all of the surfaces you mentioned. Keep in mind Bulls Eye 1-2-3 requires 7 days to fully cure, do not do a scratch test before full cure. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 6

does this work on melmac?

Asked by Patty May 24, 2021
3
Answers

Happy to help Patty. Zinsser Bulls 1-2-3 Water Based Primer can be applied to melmac. As a side note, Bulls Eye 1-2-3 is not suitable for surfaces that come in contact with food. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 6

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Customer Reviews

  • 4.5
    out of 1,565 reviews
  • 84% recommend this product
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Stain Bleeds Right Through. Does not cover.
See pics. This primer does not cover, even with two coats. Very uneven coverage in any case. A waste of time and money.
by PM
Response from Rust-OleumSupportApr 13, 2021
Thank you for sharing your experience! While Rust-Oleum Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Water-Based Primer will trap most stains in the primer film, we do not recommend it for use on water stains or over tannins on wood that are not water-soluble. Instead, we recommend Rust-Oleum Zinsser Cover Stain Oil-Based Primer for those stain types.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Zinsser-Cover-Stain-1-gal-White-Oil-Based-Interior-Exterior-Primer-and-Sealer-3501/100398377
- Rust-Oleum Product Support 3 Rustoleum
Bad Batch or Bad Product?
I've been doing contract work for 18 years and have never had any issues with a paint or primer. It was my first time using this primer but I will never use it again. I was very disappoint when, after hours of prep-work, I applied a first coat of Bulls Eye primer over some oak wood only to have the tannin show through, even though it says it's able to cover it. I hoped a second coat would fix this, but it didn't. Not only that, but both coats dried with an odd texture as seen in the photos; like I had too much paint or not enough paint on the roller. I don't usually review products but this one is costing me so much time/money that I felt it should be mentioned. Super frustrating to have to sand all this off and start over with something else.
by Henry
Response from Rust-OleumSupportMar 22, 2021
Oh no, this is not what we expect to hear, Henry! Please give us a call at (888) 855-1774, so we can get to the bottom of your experience with Rust-Oleum Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Water-Based Primer. We hope you will give us a chance to try to make things right with you.
- Rust-Oleum Product Support 3 Rustoleum
4 people found this helpful
I bought this to paint our bathroom laminate countertop. ...
I bought this to paint our bathroom laminate countertop. It covered with one coat. Then I used another paint on top of this product. It does what it’s supposed to, be a primer.
by Rog
No sanding needed
Amazing product, no sanding just clean,dry and paint
by Carrie
I painted my kitchen cabinets with 123 and didn’t have to sand. I also used behr cabinet and trim...
I painted my kitchen cabinets with 123 and didn’t have to sand. I also used behr cabinet and trim paint after I applied the primer. It has been about a year and a half now and the cabinets are still looking great!! Easy to clean. I used white as my color.
by DIYmom
I am a pro with over 35 years working in the commercial painting industry. This particular job re...
I am a pro with over 35 years working in the commercial painting industry. This particular job required a primer (tinted) that would stick to formica fixtures. I usually use Gripper but choose Zinsser this time. All fixtures were prepped, primed and painted. End product looks good and seems to stick well. Time will tell.
by OasisAssociatesInc
2 people found this helpful
Wonderful primer!!!
I love this stuff, easy to apply and sticks to everthing. I used it to prime my high gloss laquered mouldings and it worked awesome!!
by Geordie
Definitely a Bulls Eye
Product performed as advertised, was easy to work with. No offensive odour and easy cleanup.
by Larry Fielding
After a few coats of this I waited a day...
After a few coats of this I waited a day to paint over it. The paint is still in place on the kitchen cabinets. So far good quality.
by HomeDepotCustomer
2 people found this helpful
Did not cover a old hardwood door that I have in my home, but I will continue to put on more coat...
Did not cover a old hardwood door that I have in my home, but I will continue to put on more coats. I wish I could have found something to cover these blotches in one coat or two coats. Probably OK for very light stains that need minimal cover.
by Greg
Response from Rust-OleumSupportJul 22, 2020
Let's talk about this, Greg! If applying Rust-Oleum Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Water-Based Primer on a more porous surface, like bare wood, and additional coat of primer may be needed. Please keep in mind, since this is a primer it will need an opaque topcoat for full durability and coverage. This primer will trap most stains in the paint film and prevent bleed through on the topcoat.
- Rust-Oleum Product Support 3 Rustoleum
4 people found this helpful
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