I've been using Kilz for years but I've noticed something. The timing
seems to be around the first of the year...during the financial
crisis...when everybody and their mother's uncle was jacking up prices,
cutting product sizes and whatever else to make up for people cutting
back on spending. Bastards took the King Size Snicker bar, split it into
two pieces and the overall net weight was smaller.
Bought a gal back some. Had it shaken on the machine. Two days later I
opened it to use. Top was damn water. That NEVER happened before. I
brought the shit back. Got another can. Had it shaken and used right
afterwards. The shit dripped from the brush and surface. That NEVER
happened before. It used to be really thick. I've bought a couple of cans
at various times since. Same thing.
Someone posted something about Kilz once that it was loaded with solids.
I bought that statement because after putting it on something it pretty
much had a light roughness. If I wanted a smooth topcoat I would run a
sanding sponge over it quickly. Seems now that may not be the case. So to
me it seems they jacked up the price and severely cut the quality.
Just my perception,
Well there are two different "quality" tiers to kilz primer, maybe they are
marketing the good old stuff as "kilz premium" and thinning it out for the
non-premium so you can save five bucks a gallon.
I just picked up a can of the premium for twenty bucks, which is about what
I would expect to pay for a gallon of the stuff; the other formulation
seemed too low in price.
I'm slathering some on today (fascia boards getting prepped for vinyl
gutters) which was mixed at HD a few days ago, so I'll report back if I have
any issues with it.
So I did my painting today, slathered on too thick of a coat with a cheap
$0.89 four inch brush from Horrible Freight.
The results were no drips and no runs, and after it quickly dried, I can see
no brush marks.
The quality was as I remember it to be (before they called it "premium"),
and after sitting for three days it did not need remixing.
My guess is that you either got a bad batch, or the "non premium" variety is
utter crap, or a combination thereof.
Since I bought and took notice of multiple purchases, of which two were a
time span of 6 wks apart, I'd say the regular Kilz2 is now crap. They've
basically jacked the price of a gallon of the old Kilz2 up about 7 bucks
and justified that by calling it Premium.
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