Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Reviewing Zinsser An Excellent Primer For DIY Paint Jobs

Before Painting You Should Use A Primer

Around our house we do a lot of  DIY projects which includes paint jobs around the house among other things. We have painted walls, furniture and in our latest project the sub-flooring before we laid adhesive tiles on the bathroom floor. I highly recommend Zinsser when you need to use a primer.

When it comes to painting either inside or outside it is always a good practice to use a primer first. I know, there are a lot of paints on the market that boast that a primer is already in the paint but honestly, I don't trust that fully. It just isn't as effective as using a product like Zinsser.

One of the reasons that I prefer to go a little old school and use that primer first is that Zinsser has some added protection. It seals the area that I will be painting, it covers up any stains that might be visible and it adds a coat of film that resists mold and mildew. That is particularly handy in bathrooms and on furniture that may be outdoors. It will even inhibit rust from beginning on anything metal.

You might be thinking that if you prepare your surface with a primer like Zinsser that it will add hours to your painting project, but let me assure you that you don't need to worry about that. This product dries fast. I've been able to go to the next step, whether that be adding a coat of paint or applying tiles, in about 1 hour. Yes, it dries that quickly!

I just love this stuff! In the past, I have used other primers but none of them had the added bonuses of the rust and mildew/mold protection. That is important to me and once I found this product I have never considered using anything else.

Clean-up is a breeze, too. Since it is water based all you have to do is wash out your brushes or rollers in warm water. No smelling petroleum based solvents are needed.

I have used it on bare wood, painted wood and metal and the application works well on all of those surfaces. I am, currently,  in the process of painting the exterior trim of our home and am applying Zinsser before I paint. Most of our trim was treated with a stain instead of paint and I did not want to go with stain again. No problem! I can apply the Zinsser primer on top of that stain and then safely cover it with my new fresh paint.

You can find this primer on line by following the link above or you can go to your local home improvement store like Lowe's, Home Depot or Menards. It is pretty easy to find besides being easy to use. So, the next time you have a paint job to tackle, consider using a good primer before you paint. I promise, you will not be disappointed.

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  1. Excellent idea, Beverly. In the past I did a LOT of painting. We moved frequently over the years, thus almost always rented homes. Most rentals don't have fresh paint in them, but I discovered early on that landlords were glad to buy the paint if I did the painting. So, I agree, a primer is very helpful to give you a good finish to your paint job.

  2. This primer really sounds like a necessity instead of an option when painting! I have never used this particular brand, but I will certainly seek it out the next time I am painting. As a matter of fact, I'll bookmark this article so I have a fast and easy way to make my purchase. We have used Kilz in the bathroom in the past, but I don't think it is as fast drying as the Zinsser you have reviewed. Most excellent, and thank you!

  3. So glad to read that you're using this on your outdoor trim. After 3 1/2 years in our new house, we need to do some touch-ups, especially on door trim, and I know we'll have some paint jobs indoors, too, in the next couple of years. Painting is my husband's LEAST favorite job, so anything that can make it go easier and last longer is a winner in my book. Definitely appreciate this helpful review!

  4. We will probably be doing some painting soon, so this is good to know. Thank you for an excellent review.

  5. We've used this in the past and I can vouch for it as well, good stuff!

  6. I leave the painting up to my husband but I'll be sure to pass along your comments about Zinsser's primer.


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