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Old 10-05-2007, 11:12 AM   #1
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Zinsser Primer on Wood Veneered Furniture

Hello all,

I'm so glad that I found this forum and am hoping to get some advice. I'm looking to paint a set of wood veneered bedroom furniture. I've heard great things about Zinsser BIN primer, where sanding is not required prior to priming. This is great news for me ... the less mess & work the better. However, I've heard that the smell of this primer is awful. I'm a bit concerned about this as I will be painting inside the house. I've noticed from the Zinsser website that they have a new Bullseye High Hide Odourless primer. Does anyone have any experience in using this product? Would this work on wood veneered furniture?

Thanks in advance!


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BIN would be your best bet. Since it's an alcohol based product yes the odor is terrible. But it dries very quickly and the odor dissipates in a hurry. It's bearable for me to get the results that it gives.


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Does the funiture have an existing finish, or is it unfinished wood. If it is unfinished wood, an oil-base primer should do fine, and some kinds of wood may even do ok w/ Latex.

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Yes, the smell of BIN is a bit much
Open windows and a resperator are recommended
However it dries quickly and is tops at what it does...the best

However, like the others, I'm not sure it's for you
If it's a lacquered finish, dark, questionable quality, that "paper" wood veneer, or shiny like that '70s paneling it might be

If it's a regular finish and oil-based primer might be fine

Bare wood, some types a latex primer is fine

To answer the High Hide Odorless question, I'd recommend the Cover Stain if an oil/solvent based is required, unless oil odors are of the utmost concern
But it's not bad for an 'odorless'
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