cheap water based primer?

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Forum topic by noone posted 05-28-2013 06:57 PM 1050 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-28-2013 06:57 PM

I’ve been using Zinsser BIN as a primer on bare wood, but i’m getting tired of cleaning with ammonia or denatured alcohol. I’m looking to change up to a water based primer, something that costs less that $42 gallon and sands easy and cleans up with water. Something that I can get from Home Depot or Sherwin Williams would be preferable.

Again, this is for new, bare wood projects.


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#1 posted 05-28-2013 08:38 PM

SW makes a white lacquer undercoater about $25, can be painted over also a wood and wall primer, $29, sands ok
also a bonding primer on sale $25 sighn up for a PC acct. get 10% off and coupons for $10 off of $50 spent(I sound like a add, but I answer the phone hello Sherwin Williams)

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#2 posted 05-28-2013 08:46 PM

Kilz Latex 2 Interior/Exterior Primer and Sealer. 16.98 a gallon at Lowes. About .70 cents a gallon cheaper
at Wal-Mart.

This stuff works well for me. Its loaded with solids. Not a watery cheap primer. Clean-up is so/so. Not too bad. Soap and water.

Not sure what you are used too for coverage. Most cases you will need 2 coats with just about any primer on bare wood I would think.

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#3 posted 05-28-2013 09:20 PM

I use the latex from the BB. I spray it through a cheap gun from HF. I do thin it with water about 25% give or take.

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#4 posted 05-28-2013 10:02 PM

I must admit I like the BIN for speed of drying but clean up is a PITA and it is really expensive here – $30 litre. Acrylic primers would work and adhere well but you are looking at 2hr recoat time and grain raising / more prep to prevent grain raising. What kind of things do you typically paint?

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#5 posted 05-28-2013 10:43 PM

Cheap and Primer do not do well together.
Whassa matter with good old dewaxed shellac? Washes out with a bit of dish soap and amonia.


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