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GARDZ 5 gal. Clear Water based Interior Problem Surface Sealer

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  • Low odor sealer protects drywall, plaster and textured surfaces
  • Fast drying, water-based formula is easy to use and dries clear
  • Water-resistant matte finish offers a durable, paintable coating
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About This Product

Bind your torn or damaged drywall, plaster and textured surfaces with this 5-gal. sealer. The low-odor, water-based formula creates a water-resistant base for paint and wallpaper. To get the job done quickly while providing protection, it dries to the touch in 30 minutes to a solid, moisture-proof film that stops drywall blistering and bubbling.

Highlights

  • For use on damaged interior drywall, plaster, textured finishes and related surfaces
  • Dries fast to a hard, moisture-proof film and prevents drywall blistering/bubbling
  • Covers up to 2000 sq. ft.
  • Flatt/matte clear finish
  • Penetrates, seals and binds problem porous surfaces
  • Dries to the touch in 30 minutes
  • Clear, low-odor, water base formula provides a water-resistant foundation for paint and wallpaper
  • Clean up with soap and water
  • Clean up with soap and water
  • Online Price includes Paint Care fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, MN, OR, RI, VT
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Product Information

Internet # 203325628

Model # 2300

Store SKU # 1000111097

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Specifications

Container Size: 5 Gallon

Dimensions

Container Size

5 Gallon

Details

Application

Sealer

Application Method

Brush, Paint Sprayer, Roller

Base Material

Water Based

Coating Product Category

Primer

Color Family

Clear

Color Family

Clear

Color/Finish

Clear

Dry to Touch (min.)

30 min

Interior/Exterior

Interior

Number of coats recommended

1

Number per Package

1

Paint/Stain Clean Up

Soap & Water

Paint/Stain Features

Sealer

Primer Purpose

Difficult Surfaces

Returnable

90-Day

Sheen

Flat/Matte

Surface Material Use

Drywall

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty

Satisfaction guaranteed for full refund of purchase price

Questions & Answers

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Q:My walls had eggshell and semigloss paint on them. They are being skim coated with joint compound now. I don't think much moisture will be absorbed into the wall with the previous paint. Should I use Gardz on top of the skim coat or another primer?
by|May 14, 2024
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A:  Happy to help, Mike! Rust-Oleum Zinsser Gardz Problem Surface Sealer penetrates and uniformly seals new drywall and joint compound, creating a moisture resistant film that protects drywall from blistering, tearing and other damage when re-decorating in the future. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

by|May 15, 2024
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    Q:After applying GARDZ, do I need to prime the wall before painting with latex paint? Or does the GARDZ act as a primer itself?
    by|May 3, 2024
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    A:  Happy to help! While Rust-Oleum Zinsser Gardz Problem Surface Sealer can be painted over directly, the use of a primer before applying a paint is recommended if needing to cover stains or if painting over a contrasting color. Rust-Oleum Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Water-Based Primer can be used over Gardz and then topcoated after 1 hour with oil or water-based paints. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Zinsser-Bulls-Eye-1-2-3-1-Gal-White-Water-Based-Interior-Exterior-Primer-and-Sealer-2001/100398391 - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

    by|May 3, 2024
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      Q:Does this work as a primer on laminate cabinets?
      by|Apr 20, 2024
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      A:  Happy to clear things up, Emma! Rust-Oleum Zinsser Gardz Problem Surface Sealer is intended to seal problem porous surfaces such as bare or damaged drywall, plaster, cement and cementitious coatings, spackling paste and joint compound, calcimine, stucco, acoustic and texture finishes, and uncoated wallpaper. If just needing to prime bare laminate cabinets, we recommend Rust-Oleum Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Water-Based Primer instead. This will help block most stains, as it is a white primer, and promote adhesion. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Zinsser-Bulls-Eye-1-2-3-1-Gal-White-Water-Based-Interior-Exterior-Primer-and-Sealer-2001/100398391 - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

      by|Apr 23, 2024
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        Q:I originally purchased 1 Gal. White Acrylic Interior Drywall Plus Primer and Sealer by BEHR to seal drywall before painting. I see the label on the BEHR product says it's not meant for humid areas; my house gets humid. Would GARDZ work better for me?
        by|Mar 28, 2024
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        A:  Happy to help! Rust-Oleum Zinsser Gardz Problem Surface Sealer can be used in areas with humidity, provided there isn't prolonged contact with water. You also want to ensure that the relative humidity in the space is below 85% during application and drying to ensure proper drying. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

        by|Mar 29, 2024
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          Customer Reviews

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          • 4.7 out of 103 reviews
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          This product is AMAZING! I consider myself a beginner when it comes to home repair. I decided to ...
          This product is AMAZING! I consider myself a beginner when it comes to home repair. I decided to tackle a project in my bathroom (standard 5' x 7') which entailed removing 1970's era tile and the drywall it was adhered to (half the bathroom drywall). I hung new sheets of drywall which I had to tape, apply a few coats of mud to and sand accordingly to blend it with the drywall I left in place. When it came time to priming for paint, I had a lot of bubbling. Now the bathroom was poorly painted before hand by the previous home owner. Well I discovered the bubbling was due to left over wallpaper adhesive. After some research, I learned latex primer I used (and the water it contains) reactivated the wallpaper adhesive causing the bubbling. I borrowed a wallpaper steamer from my brother and though that helped quite a bit with removing the adhesive, there was still much left that I couldn't get off (even with soapy water, sponges and trying to use a sharp 6" taping knife). With more research, I stumbled upon this product and read a few reviews and the product details and it seemed like it was exactly what I needed to fix adhesive issue. I purchased it from a local industrial supply vendor (took less than a day to get in) since Home Depot and other local hardware stores don't stock it (why, I have no clue). I used a foam 4" roller and applied the first coat. After 30 minutes it was dry to the touch and a few hours after that, WOW, what a glossy shine it had put on the walls. Touching the walls then where I had bubbling, it was pretty smooth. I applied a second coat then and even smoother now. My wife likes it and asked me to apply it to the walls in our daughter's bedroom figuring it would make it 100 times easier to remove boogers, markers and everything else children somehow put on the walls. I applied a skim coat of mud to the walls then followed by a third and final coat of Gardz and another coat of latex primer after that. For a beginner at this, I am very impressed with how well the walls in my bathroom now look and if it weren't for Gardz, I think I would be replacing the rest of the drywall in my bathroom (which I probably should have just done from the get-go, but you live and learn I suppose). Please take my word for it. If you are faced with a similar issue, spend $12, get a quart of this stuff, it's like magic in a can! It is so thin, I still have a half a quart left! Home Depot, you really need to consider stocking this item! - Jeremy (Catasauqua, PA)
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            Great sealer for skim coated level 5 ceilings
            This is absolutely the right thing for the job if you have skim coated your walls or ceilings with joint compound. After months of popcorn removal, skim coating, and sanding I was finally ready to paint my ceilings. The all-purpose joint compound left a chalky, powdery feel on the ceilings. The chalky surface would easily rub off on your fingertip and looked like it could absorb a lot of paint. After doing some research on various painting and drywall websites, the overall opinion was that Zinsser Gardz was the best product for the job to seal a level 5 finished wall or ceiling. Application was fast and easy with a short nap 9" roller. Simply load up the roller and spread across the ceiling evenly. Be liberal in application, but backroll if any runs appear. I had over 1500 sq ft of ceiling area to paint, and 5 gallons was more than enough. After one application of Zinsser Gardz I rolled on two coats of Behr Premium Plus ceiling paint with a lower-nap 18" roller. I think a better ceiling paint with more primer may have allowed me to do fewer coats, but the paint went on evenly and did not get absorbed into the ceiling, leaving a uniform texture.
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            GARDZ is easy to apply, saving money materials and labor
            We are renovating a home which required the removal of multiple layers of wallpaper. Unfortunately the walls were not primed prior to the application of the wall paper which made the job even more time consuming and labor intensive. We were left with torn and ripped drywall, paste residue (wheat paste as well as heavily flaking vynyl paste) and the fuzzy under paper of the drywall. We contemplated drywalling with 1/4 or 3/8 drywall over the top of the existing damaged drywall. That would have entailed removing door and window casings as well as base moulding not to mention lugging all the drywall throughout the house. So we researched on line for a solution. After hours of reading and jumping from site to site, one of the sites, written by a painter, recommended Zinsser's GARDZ. I ordered it on line since it was not carried in the store. I prepared the torn and ripped surfaces by vigorously sanding all the loose paper by both hand sanding and using an electric orbital sander. I dusted down the walls and applied GARDZ using a 3/4 inch roller knap. This product is slightly more viscous than water and milky white. When I intiated the first few strokes with the roller it ran like water and all over the the dropcloth and floor. I panicked a bit and thought, " great this stuff is going to be difficult to apply!" Once the product is thoroughly absorbed by the roller knap then it flows on evenly. You don't have to apply much pressure on the roller to apply GARDZ, it goes on milky white with little or no effort. When cutting in with a brush don't load up your brush, a little goes a long way. The product sealed the surface very well and leaves a eggshell finish which, by the way highlights any imperfections in your drywall. I waited a day before I lightly sanded the walls again and applied another coat of GARDZ. The following day I skim coated all the walls with joint compound. You won't believe the ease in which the joint compound glides on the drywall and it ensures a wetter edge is kept while applying the joint compound. It has saved me buying more joint compound because you use less of it. Thus far I have not seen the 100's of square feet I skim coated, to have any of the surface drywall paper blister, pucker or come loose after applying the joint compound. Most,if not all, of the water stains in the drywall from the paste and water used to remove the wallpaper have not struck through the joint compound. We did wash the walls pretty well of the paste before we used the product. You must prepare the wall surfaces very well if you want a good finished product in the end. This product saved us hundreds in material costs and probably thousands in labor costs. This is an awesome product that does just as promised on their label. I'm a retired educator looking to get the in-laws house in shape for sale since they unfortunately just passed. I was a painting contrator in a former life and owned my own business. I would recommend using gloves to apply the product because it drys clear and it takes days to get off your hands, it's that water resistant! Good luck on your project!
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            Did not do as advertised
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            Response from Rust-OleumSupportNov 1, 2023
            That's not what we expect to hear, and we want to gather more details to get to the bottom of this. Please give us a call at 888-855-1774 to talk with us further about your application of Rust-Oleum Zinsser Gardz Problem Surface Sealer.
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            I have used this product before from another distributor and...
            I have used this product before from another distributor and never had no issues. First time is used HD and I got some stuff that either got frozen somewhere along the way or it was too old.
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            Response from Rust-OleumSupportFeb 3, 2023
            That is not what we like to hear! Please give us a call at 888-855-1774, we want to get to the bottom of the issues that occurred, and make things right. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2 Rustoleum
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