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Zinsser Trade Paints & Primers

With over 150 years of experience, Zinsser are renowned for their high quality, problem solving primers and paints. If you have a problem to solve there is a high chance Zinsser will have the specialist product you're looking for. Perfect for DIY decorators and professionals alike, the Zinsser range is easy to apply and is highly dependable.

The Paint Shed stock a wide of Zinsser products including their best selling masonry Zinsser Allcoat paint, Zinsser Coverstain, Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 and BIN primer.

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BIN Primer

Zinsser B-I-N® is the ultimate shellac-based primer, sealer and stain killer. It is perfect for use on interior surfaces and spot priming of exterior surfaces.

Cover Stain

An all-purpose solvent-based, stain-killing, primer-sealer. Ideal for interior and exterior applications and recoatable in only two hours.

Allcoat Exterior Satin

The ultimate performance, mould resistant paint that offers supreme protection to all exterior surfaces: wood, metal, masonry, plastic, concrete and cladding.

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What is Zinsser Primer?

Zinsser are a problem solving primer and paint brand synonymous with quality. Their primers are very fast-acting, with something like the Bulls Eye 1-2-3 offering a quick recoat time of just around an hour. In spaces where you’re pushed for time and need to get primers that get to work in no time at all, Zinsser will get the job done.

Why use Zinsser Paint

Zinsser is seen as a unique brand as they’re known as a “problem solver”. If you have a problem with a particular material or are trying to fight away the signs of decay, mould and mildew, there’s a good chance Zinsser will have the solution.

Common uses for their paints include:

  • Odour blocking
  • Sand-free adhesive painting
  • Stain sealing
  • Quick hard drying
  • Blemish free coating
  • Flake free coverage

What Zinsser Primer to use

If you’re looking for a quick and reliable all round primer, we would recommend Zinsser B-I-N® primer but if you have a more specific use case such as covering stubborn stains, we’d recommend Zinsser Cover Stain. For hard to stick surfaces such a glossy or metal materials, the Bullseye 1-2-3 primer would be best suited.

How to apply Zinsser BIN Primer

Zinsser BIN Primer is easy to apply, simply use a brush, roller or spray to apply on large areas or if priming small areas, it comes in a handy aerosol can for quick application.

You might wonder how many coats of BIN Primer to use. The good news is you’ll only need one coat on most surfaces or two coats on porous surfaces.

What is the difference between Zinsser BIN and Zinsser 123 Primer

Zinsser BIN Primer is suitable for interior and exterior surfaces with high levels of stain and odour blocking.

Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 Primer is also suitable for interior and exterior surfaces with stain and odour blocking properties but is particularly good on glossy surfaces, metal or hard to stick surfaces.

What is Zinsser Cover Stain Primer

Zinsser Cover Stain is the only interior and exterior primer, sealer, stain sealer and bond coat that dries for recoat in only two hours. You might wonder how many coats of Zinsser Cover Stain you’ll need to use and you’ll be pleased to know that one coat is usually enough, or two coats for porous surfaces.

We’re often asked how to use Cover Stain and it really couldn’t be easier, simply apply to a clean dry surface with a synthetic brush, roller or spray in a well ventilated area.

What is Zinsser Allcoat

Zinsser Allcoat is a range of high-quality specialist paints including masonry paint, exterior and interior gloss and satin finishes, available in both water and solvent bases.

We’re often asked if you need an undercoat with Allcoat and in most cases the answer is no, the first coat acts as a sealer and primer in one and the second coat acts as the top coat.

Is Zinsser Allcoat waterproof?

Yes, each paint in the Allcoat range is a waterproof.

Is Zinsser Allcoat microporous?

Yes, Allcoat paints are microporous. This means they keep water out but allow for any moisture that has found its way into the surface, to escape as a vapour.

Where can I buy Zinsser primers and paints?

You can buy Zinsser products here at The Paint Shed, we stock a wide range of Zinsser primers and paints at great value prices. If you order before 12pm on a weekday, we offer Express Next Day Delivery and if you spend over £50, it’s completely free of charge.