I’ve tried many primers through the years — Kilz is probably the best known, and most of the big paint names (Behr, Valspar, Sherwin Williams, Porter, etc.) have their own primer they recommend — but I keep going back to Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 water base primer.
What I love about it:
- It is a much thicker base than most primers, so it doesn’t splatter or drip all over the place.
- It sticks to most surfaces.
- I use the water-base product, and it’s a great stain blocker, and doesn’t have the toxic odor like the oil base primers do.
For spot treatments, I still prefer the Kilz oil base spray over the Zinsser product. It covers more evenly, and although there’s a definite odor, it dissipates after about an hour.
Happy priming! :-)