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Old 01-05-2009, 05:57 PM   #1
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Is it okay to use Zinsser 'Shieldz Universal Wallcovering primer' to prime over spackling on a wall? It's made for priming walls before hanging wallpaper, but I'm just painting over it, not hanging wallpaper. I only have a few spots to prime before painting and don't want to buy a gallon for this. Also, how long can a can of paint sit around before it goes bad? How do you know if it's not good anymore?

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You'd have to ask Zinsser.

Paint can sit around for quite a long time before going bad. Basically, if it molds or smells like something other than paint, it's bad; otherwise, it's probably fine. The worst that usually happens is rust from the can; but a little bit of rust in the primer isn't the end of the world.

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Thank you. I don't remember buying this can, but I'm sure it's been within the last 5 years. So what you're saying, is that if it smells like broccoli smothered in turpentine, it's probably not good. Just kidding . It doesn't smell or look funny, but I'll call the company tomorrow to ask if it's the same as regular primer.
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Is it okay to use Zinsser 'Shieldz Universal Wallcovering primer' to prime over spackling on a wall?

Why take the chance?
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good point. Thanks.
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