Need help choosing primer for kitchen cabinets

jenesOctober 9, 2010

I started off using Zinsser BIN for a primer on my kitchen cabinets (after cleaning and sanding), but it dries within seconds, which makes it hard for me to apply evenly. I had used it successfully painting paneling, but with the cabinets, the slightest uneveness shows through. I've gotten better with some practice, but I think I'd rather try to find a primer that's easier to work with.

I see that Zinsser 1-2-3 is recommended for cabinets, but is there any concern with using a water-based primer on the cabinets? I don't know exactly what's on them now. I would call it generically "varnish", since it's not paint, but I don't use that word in any technical sense.

I also see people using BM Fresh Start, but there are all different kinds. Assuming water-based is okay, I would guess that Acrylic Superior Primer (046) would be best?

My cabinets are dark brown, so in addition to getting a good bond, something that's good for hiding would be a plus.

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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

I also see people using BM Fresh Start, but there are all different kinds. Assuming water-based is okay, I would guess that Acrylic Superior Primer (046) would be best?

You got it!

    Bookmark   October 9, 2010 at 6:30PM
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jenes

Thanks! I wish the guy at the paint store had mentioned that there were different kinds when I asked about it, but at least I haven't opened it so I can exchange it.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2010 at 6:04AM
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forboystoo

When I was at BM the guy there recommended Fresh Start Alkyd for my cabinets..
There's also a new one from Zinsser called Smart Prime which is water based..
Any one tried it yet ???

jenes I know BM store sells this also .If you get a chance ask the paint guy what he thinks of Smart Prime...

Thx

Here is a link that might be useful: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb053/is_10_14/ai_n39357129/

    Bookmark   October 12, 2010 at 1:04AM
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