Everyone who’s familiar with painting knows the purpose of paint primer. It’s an undercoat that protects the material being painted, improves adhesion of the paint and makes it more durable as well. All good reasons for the painter to choose the best paint primer possible. It is, after all, the foundation of a good painting job, in just about every sense. In today’s world, however, it’s not always easy to find the best brand possible and that’s why I’ve decided to do the legwork for you and find the ten best paint primer brands possible and present them in the following list. Hopefully, the following products will be the beginning of a great painting job.
10. Kilz Complete High-Adhesion 1-Gallon
This oil-based primer not only prepares interior and exterior walls for painting but also acts as a blocking agent for severe stains and a sealer as well. It provides high-adhesion to just about any surface, which makes it a useful tool for covering up bleeding stains such as smoke, graffiti, and water stains. It can be used on plaster, stucco, masonry, and brick and can even be used on aged wood. When this product dries, it creates a mildew resistant film that can be used underneath either oil or latex-based paints. Although it’s not recommended for flooring, it can be used on a variety of walls and goes on smoothly with a roller, sprayer or a brush.
9. Insl-X Stix Bonding SXA11099-1 Gallon
With the ability to bond to just about any surface, this American made product has found a home in many painter’s arsenals of supplies. That’s because it comes in one-gallon cans, it goes on smoothly and leaves a quality durable layer that can be painted over easily. It also dries quickly and can be used on wood, polyurethane, fiberglass and many other surfaces. It’s a low-odor, low-VOC product that bonds to hard-to-paint surfaces and dries within 30-minutes and is able to be re-coated in approximately 4-hours. And since it covers around 300-400 square feet per gallon, it’s good for a number of different projects.
8. XIM Sealer Primer Bonder-31 Ounces
Designed to cover even tough to paint surfaces, this solvent-based primer provides high-quality adhesion without the user having to sand clean and dull surfaces. It can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications and can be used on fiberglass, plastic, glass, Formica, many metals and plastics and tile. It can also be used with alkyd or latex topcoats and is formulated so it meets all State and Federal VOC requirements in the U.S. While it’s not recommended for use with lacquers, urethane or some epoxies, it can be used with a variety of other paints.
7. Zinsser Bullseye 1 2 3 All-Purpose-13 Ounces
This 13-ounce all-purpose spray-on primer can be used for a wide variety of surfaces, can be painted over with just about any paint and can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications. It can be used on wood, drywall, brick, stucco, and even concrete. Made in the U.S.A, this product is easy to use and is ideal for spot priming or for smaller-size projects. This spray-can features a high-output spray button that’s easy to depress, won’t fatigue the user’s hand during use and can be sprayed from any angle.
6. Kilz Original Multi-Surface Stain Blocker-1 Quart
This oil-based product is designed to cover up existing stains and to cover up lingering odors. It can be used on most stains including grease, smoke, and tannin stains, and will effectively seal out smoke and pet odors, too. This product can be used to prime a variety of different surfaces including drywall, paneling, plaster, wallpaper, masonry and even brick and provides a smooth even coat. It will dry in approximately 30-minutes and can have an additional coat applied to it after an hour. This product can be applied using a roller, sprayer or a paint brush.
5. Kilz Adhesion High-Bonding-1 Gallon
This product can be used on a variety of tough to paint surfaces to ensure that paint will adhere to the surface. Some of the surfaces it will prime include PVC, vinyl, glass, Kynar, brick (even glazed brick), fiberglass and metals. This latex primer is especially useful on slick surfaces that can be covered with oil-based or water-based products. Once applied, it will redry in about 30-minutes and will be ready to be recoated in about an hour. It can be applied using a roller, brush or sprayer and can be used under lacquers and epoxies as well as oil-based or latex paints.
4. Zinsser B-I-N Shellac-Based Stain Blocker-1 Quart
This shellac-based primer can be used for both indoor and outdoor spot applications and can be used on virtually any surface. It can be applied to drywall, stucco, masonry, brick, tile or any other surface that the individual intends on painting. It’s manufactured in the U.S, dries in 45-minutes and can even be used to seal knots in wood surfaces. When applied, it will also block stains including grease and crayon stains and seal out odors such as cigarette smoke or pet odors. All things considered, this product is ideal for a number of jobs and is quite easy-to-use.
3. Zinsser Interior/Exterior Sealer-1 Quart
This American-made primer is designed to be a high-hide formula that can cover most stains including nicotine stains, water, and smoke stains, and provide a stable base surface for paint. It’s also a good product for using on new construction or for priming small projects. When this product is applied to a surface, it dries quickly and provides a nice undercoat for oil, water-based or latex paints. It can be used for both interior and exterior surfaces and is easy-to-sand once it’s dry. No matter if its used as a primer, stain blocker or sealer, it’s a product that’s sure to be useful to any painter.
2. Zinsser Bulls-Eye 1-2-3 White-1 Quart
Covering approximately 100-square feet per quart, this high-quality primer can be used on any number of different surfaces including plastic, wood, tile, glass, metal, and concrete. It can be coated on high pH surfaces and will not only resist peeling and blistering but will also resist mildew growth. And when it’s applied to metal, it acts as a rust inhibitor. This makes this product suitable for interior and exterior applications and can be used for just about any job. As longs as it’s applied to a clean surface, no sanding is required either before applying this product.
1. Kilz Max Stain & Odor Blocking-1 Gallon
This water-based primer is made in the U.S and is designed to not only prime surfaces for painting but to also act as a sealer, stain and odor blocker as well. It does this thanks to its formulation which enables it to act like an oil-based product instead of a water-based one. This means that this product can be used to cover stains from nicotine, smoke, water damage, tannin, ink, felt markers, crayons, grease and rust, all while sealing out smoke and pet odors. This product can be applied to masonry, drywall, plaster, brick, painted metal, glass and ceramic tile and will cover approximately 300 to 400 square-feet per gallon.