I love it so much it's really not normal. This stuff works miracles! It can stick to any surface without sanding (like laminate, metal, hardwood, etc) and any topcoat can go over it. While I was redoing the master closet, I had the fun task of priming and painting all the trim and door. The door to the hallway was in sad shape because BOOZIE painted over oil-based paint with latex throughout the entire house. Thanks, Boozie! I'm sure you all know what happens when you put latex over oil...that latex paint just flakes right off.
The biggest problem is that any normal sanding you do has the potential to rip entire strips of the latex coat off. And if you want to scrape off old paint drips or blemishes, you're pretty much done for. Let's just say my newly finished floors had piles of latex strips laying on them. And my door was splotchy because I don't have time to scrape the latex off the entire thing.
BIN saved the day, making my door smooth and ready for paint in no time!
It made all those lines where the top layer of paint came off invisible. No other primer can do this as well! BIN is extremely thin, yet covering, so the primer doesn't sit in those ridges like a thicker one would. It also sands like a dream if there are any ridges or brush strokes. I was so happy with the outcome that I did another bedroom door. Ok, I just had primer left in my paint tray, but whatever.
This door used to have bright blue paint on the panels, like this closet door inside that particular bedroom:
GAH! At least it was neatly painted....I had primed over the hallway door long ago with some inferior primer (can't remember which one) and never finished up what I started. BIN made the hallway door look like this...
No trace of blue peeking through, and totally smooth! If you haven't tried BIN yet, you really owe it to yourself to do so. Here are my tips for success with this unique product:
~ BIN is shellac-based, so you need to use denatured alcohol to clean up, NOT mineral spirits. You can buy it everywhere in the same section, though.
~ Put down thick drop cloths because this primer is thin and will SPLATTER EVERYWHERE. Trust me, even if you are a 'painting ninja' like me, you will splatter and there is no water clean-up!
~ You must mix this stuff with a drill attachment, a wooden stick just will not cut it. The shellac separates from the pigment and will not go back together without a power mixing. I love the Squirrel Mixer available at Home Depot for around 7 bucks...
~ Be sure to use the DA (denatured alcohol) to clean off the squirrel right after using or it will build up and build up until your cage isn't very, uh, cagey anymore. And don't get too fast with the mixing on a brand new can, because it will spill over the side!
~ While you are painting, give the primer in the can a little swirl with the brush periodically because it will develop a skin if you leave it alone for too long. It dries SO FAST, which is a good and bad thing.
~ I apply it with a foam roller and regular paint brush and have great success with those applicators. I just make sure to swirl the brush really well in a cup of DA and then rinse until all the water runs clear. It is sometimes tricky to know when it's clean, so don't use your favorite Purdy brush!
So, that's my ode to BIN. Have you used it, and do you love it like I do?
Disclaimer - I wasn't paid by Zinsser to say all these lovely things about BIN, but I would love to be! Zinsser people, email me! Let's do a giveaway! Or just give a can to me, that works too!