Products I love – Bin Zinsser Primer

Primer is such a great product to keep in mind for your next painting project.  There are pros and cons to using oil vs water based primers, but either is important for a professional looking finish that stays put!  My personal favorite is BIN Zinsser Primer – a shellac based primer sticks to loads of surfaces (laminate, wood, and metal to name a few) and is great at covering stains.  It dries fast, but be sure to use with lots of ventilation and a respirator – the odor is no joke and hazardous.

Depending on the surface, I apply with a foam brush or roller and lightly sand with a 400 grit sandpaper after it has dried. Don’t invest too much cash in your brush, since it is NOT water based, cleanup is tough, and you may end up tossing your brush when finished.  To ensure full, even coverage, I will often put on a second coat and lightly sand again before painting.  Once dry, you will have a smooth, even surface to start painting on!  It is an extra step in the process, but completely worth it and may even save you a coat or two of paint!

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One Response to Products I love – Bin Zinsser Primer

  1. Aubrey Ann Parker February 9, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    Hi Sarah,

    I love when you provide useful tips for us Trevi followers. Question about this product: I just recently tried spray painting some old brass lamps that I found. I wanted to just shine them up, but they had some sorely rusted spots that I don’t think would have cleaned up very nicely. So I sanded with 60 grit paper, then put on two coats of Rustoleum spray primer (it says that it helps to keep it from rusting, more than just putting on the Rustoleum paint itself will), and then two coats of Rustoleum spray paint. I couldn’t get a “lacquer” finish in the color I wanted, so I used the next best thing, which was “gloss”. But now I have a few bumps on the finish: I’m guessing they are flakes of metal and/or dust from when I sanded, even though I thought that I did a pretty good job of wiping down afterward…1) I need to fix the one that I’ve already done 2) I need to do the other one, and hopefully just do it once and not have to re-do it, like the first one that I’ve already done. I’m wondering if maybe, I should try using a product like this to make the surface even… Thoughts?

    Do you have suggestions?
    Thanks!
    Aubrey

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