Which Primer Should I Use?



With so many primers to choose from, which one should you use for your job?  The easiest way to find out which primer you need is to know exactly what you expect the primer to do for you.  Too often people use the wrong primer for the wrong project and end up watching their hours of preparation and work peel off like a bad sunburn. 


Simply click on what you are priming and our site will direct you to which primer you should be using.


What are you painting?


                       New drywall     Oil-base Paint     Pet Stains     Water Stains     Tile     Glass     Floor     Nicotine Stains


                       Peeling Paint     Formica     Steel     Copper     Masonite     Stucco     Aluminum     Vinyl     Wood Knots


                      Cedar Wood     Pressure Treated Wood     PVC     T 1-11     Fiberglass            




PVA Primer (poly-vinyl acetate)


     Product:  Many manufacturers make PVA primers, you won't notice a difference unless you use it everyday.


     Uses:  PVA primer is for priming over newly textured surfaces and bare drywall.


     Clean-up:  Soap and water can be used to clean out your equipment.


Shellac-based primer


     Product:  Bin made by Zinsser



                    •  Interior & exterior spot priming to seal stains (grease, mildew, marker, gasoline) before painting.

                    •  Bin primer will also seal in the odor casued by fire damage.

                    •  Can be applied to floors prior to painting or carpeting to seal in smells from pet accidents

                    •  Shellac-based primers can technically be used on almost any interior surface.  For exterior stains it is only 

                             recommended to spot prime problem areas.


     Clean-up:  Use denatured alcohol to clean your brushes, rollers and tools.



Water-based Primer


     Product: 1-2-3 Primer by Zinsser



                   •  New drywall, plaster, over oil-based paint, new or old wood, concrete, tile.

                   •  1-2-3 primer has excellent adhesion and does not require sanding prior to priming.  If you have a similiar 

                           interior/exterior primer check the label to see if any prep work is required before priming.   


     Clean-up:  Clean brushes and tools with warm soapy water



Oil-based Primer


Product:  Cover Stain by Zinsser

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