Good stuff but it is meant for interior use; however, Zinsser makes a slew
of others. I've pretty much settled on 1-2-3 for
everything...applies/flows/covers well, drys quickly and sands well.
I just don't care for water based stain killers/blockers or primers.
They don't dry fast enough or hard enough for me. Since I use oil
based enamels, I don't like to put a hard resin over a soft latex
product. I only use water borne on sheetrock prep for repaints
because I will be putting latex on over it.
If I have heavy staining, knot bleeding, or other issues besides a
simple priming on fairly clean wood, this is my preference:
Another excellent product, it works as advertised. It doesn't spray
out as smoothly as the first one I recommended due to its higher solid
content, but it is close. While it says it is for "spot exterior
use", it works fine for ext. doors, trims, cabinetry, etc.
The best thing about the BIN for me is that when it all works
correctly, you don't have to sand before applying your top coats.
Spray your BIN on a large cabinet and drawers, clean the gun, go have
lunch. Come back, start finish coat applications. <Not> spray your
primer, wait until it is hard enough to sand, sand the project all
over again to scuff it up, wipe out with a damp rag, blow it/vacuum
it, let it dry 100% (since water based finishes are inherently more
porous), then start to apply the topcoats.
Think of the time you save with no sanding. Add on the fact you don't
have to clean the cabinet thoroughly to get any dust you will kick up
when spraying. Think of maintaining your clean finishing environment
because you didn't raise any dust in the air from sanding or
Even if you shuttle cabinets, doors, or whatever you are finishing
around from place to place to keep the dust down, that still requires
the processes required from sanding, but now with added project
handling. There is nothing like moving cabinets around in the
different stages of finish only to drop one... or an entry door....
yikes! Drop it and it is toast.
Everyone has their favorite processes, and I think as long as the end
product is satisfactory, it is important to use the ones you are
comfortable in using. For me personally, I try to use the best
technology that yields the best finish at the fastest pace.
As comment on that, I still have a colleague (read: another beer
drinking contractor) that used the BM product I referenced above to
repaint kitchen cabinets. He doesn't spray... he hand brushes! He
has one guy that does the most beautiful job on doors you have ever
They look sprayed; my brush work isn't that good, nor is my buddy's.
We can't figure out what he does, but his flatwork turns out like
glass. (In the cruel revenge of Karma, he can't cut a straight line
to save his ass!) My buddy won't spray as he doesn't have a good
spray guy, he won't invest in the equipment, tried it himself and
can't get the hang of mixing and gun adjustment, and is convinced that
the time it takes to isolate and tape off a room is more time than it
On occasion he has paid me to spray metal exterior doors with enamels,
cabinet doors and drawer fronts for him, but he still brushes the rest
of a kitchen job. It all works out... he is an older fella with a lot
of older clients. Since he peddles that hand brushed business as
"things done the old way, the right way" he does indeed get his
price. Routinely, he gets about 15% or more than I do for the same
job. No reason for him to change, right?
Just a little additional commentary on the subject.
Damnit... I laughed so hard when I read that I almost spewed out my
I will be sure and pass that on to my "colleague", Bill. He'll get a
bang out of it too!
Seriously; you know how it look like you are doing the exact same
thing someone else is doing and yet you get different results? That's
me with oils. I am OK on small pieces, crown and trims, and flat
panels when using a brush. But this guy can give me a complex.
Raised six panel wood doors in a house? No problem. One Marlboro
and a 1/2 cup of coffee a door. Worse, (or at least more frustrating
to me) this guy is fast.
So one day when visiting my buddy's job site a while back, I ran into
this guy and he was cleaning brushes at around 2:00 pm. We chatted a
bit as I thought he was just changing colors or needed a quick clean.
Nope, he was going home. I was pretty dumbstruck, and thought
something was wrong at the home front. Nope, again. The rest of the
job needed to be sprayed, and that wasn't his job. He did the cab
interiors along with the rails and stiles in the kitchen and bath and
that was it. Aren't you going to spray the doors and drawers, I
asked? No he wasn't. That wasn't his job. He told me he never
"learned" the spray rig (except for an airless) and didn't understand
all the knobs and stuff on the gun. And no clue at all about
thinning, patterns, tips or anything else. He thinks being a spray
man is a subset of being a painter, but not the same thing.
Apparently he and his pals decided to spray a truck, and it was a
disaster, and an expensive one at that. After that happened, no more
sprayer. Ever. I told him I could walk him through the basics and
even had a old gun he could use to practice his skills. He wasn't
even remotely interested.
I actually think he really enjoys being the king of handwork, and if
everyone knew he couldn't spray it would be too embarrassing. So he
stays the king of what he knows. I was REALLY looking forward to
ragging on him for his lack of spray skills, but I won't ever get to
Thanks... I am *still* chuckling over here....
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