Tuesday, 07 October 2008 09:00

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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Tuesday, 24 February 2009 12:53

How To Paint Glass



Glass, with the right preparation and products, can be painted just like any other surface.  Being very smooth and slick, glass can be a challenge to paint if you are not sure how to tackle it. 


Materials needed


Paint brush & roller, drop cloth, paint tray, cleaning solution, bonding primer, tape




As with any paint job, the surface you are painting should be cleaned before priming.  This is especially true with glass.  Even though you may not see a residue or dirt on a glass surface you should still wash it down with TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) or an ammoniated cleaner.  Once the glass is dry you are ready to follow the steps below.




  1. Apply a coat of bonding primer, we recommend Stix by Insl-x.  This primer is specifically formulated to stick to glass, pvc pipe, and other smooth and slick surfaces that normal primers will not bond to.  Stix is a thin translucent primer so don't be afraid if it does not look like it provides good hiding qualities.  The primer is meant to seal the glass so it can be painted, not to provide a finished looking product.
  2. Wait until the primer is dry and apply whatever topcoat of paint you wish.  Make sure it is a durable finish, either satin, semi-gloss or gloss finish.  The type of product you apply will depend on where this glass will be located.  Obvious, use exterior grade products for things outdoors and a durable finish for indoor projects.
  3. Once the glass has been primed and painted you may wish to apply a second coat of paint.  




Be sure you wait long enough between the primer and the finish coat.  If the primer does not have enough time to dry before another coat is applied, the primer will stay softer longer and may loosen.

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So you are ready to go out with the dark and in the with the light?  Before you start painting there are a few tips you should know about painting a light color over a dark color. 


Advantages Of Switching To a Lighter Color


  • Light colors make a room appear larger. 
  • Light colors are easier to paint over than dark colors.
  • It is easier to accent a room with dark colored accents when the walls are light.  Accents include pictures, lamps, furniture, table cloths, etc.


How To Paint Over A Dark Color


  1. Prime the wall with a block-out primer.
  2. Have the primer tinted to the color you are painting, this will help your top coat paint cover in one coat.


Those two steps are very easy, yet it is amazing how many people try to just paint over a dark color with a light colored paint.  Paint does not have the same color-blocking ability that primer does.  When choosing a primer, do not choose the cheapest primer.  Try to get a primer that says it blocks out dark colors, such as 1-2-3 by Zinsser. 


The same applies for painting a dark color over a light color.  Always use a deep-tinted primer to help with coverage.  Most big box stores do not carry a dark tint primer base.  This means that they can only tint a white base primer to a medium tone color, which may not be dark enough to help.  If this is the case, try a local independent paint store for the correct primer.

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