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Old 10-22-2008, 08:14 AM   #1
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Can anyone recommend the best, most durable primer?

Is there a big advantage to oil based vs water based?


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Old 10-22-2008, 09:45 AM   #2
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Loaded question...depends on other variables.

Like asking: what is the best car?

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I had some asbestos abatement done on a floor and the company put down some kind of encapsulant on the floor to seal it. Some of that encapsulant chipped. I want to seal the chipped area with a primer.
I am going to eventually put a laminate floor over it but in the mean time I was thinking about painting it.
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Lots of good choices out there, but my preference is Zinsser B-I-N for something like that. I've used it for smoke damage, water damage, pet urine odor in floor substrates...you name it, pretty much anything that needs a good sealer.
And, no, I don't work for Zinsser, though I shoulda bought stock a long time ago...lol! I've just been a big fan of their products for 40+ years. They've never failed me and they're reasonably priced.
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Thanks ratherbefishin' .... very helpful.
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What kind of "floor"? concrete? wood?
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It is a wood floor.
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For an interior, BIN is usually very stinky overkill. (You MUST use a cartridge respirator while applying indoors.) For most uses, a Latex bonding primer will work just fine, or use an oil base if there are "routine" stains to seal. BIN is best as a primer of last resort, used to seal really nasty stains like smoke.

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Thanks SirWired.
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If it wuz me, I'd use an INTERIOR alkyd based primer.

Oil based primers dry nearly as hard as oil based paints. The only problem with a primer is that it dries to a matte finish which is more difficult to keep clean than a smooth surface like a gloss paint.

In my opinion, any latex product is just too soft to stand up well on a floor, even a Porch & Floor "Enamel". And, I'm not just prejudice against latex products. I've used Behr's Porch & Floor Acrylic Enamel on one of my laundry room floors. I ended up stripping it off and repainting with a polyurethane floor paint.
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I've used Behr's Porch & Floor Acrylic Enamel on one of my laundry room floors. I ended up stripping it off and repainting with a polyurethane floor paint.

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