Zinsser B-I-N Primer/Sealer

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Zinsser B-I-N Primer/Sealer Gallon 00901

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B-I-N®, developed in 1946, is the original shellac-based, white-pigmented primer-sealer stain-killer. Great for use on all interior surfaces & spot priming on exterior surfaces. It is formulated to seal, prime and block out stains on previously painted or new work. Any oil or latex paint can be applied over it.

Professionals love B-I-N because it dries faster than any other primer. It cures as fast as it dries, making it ideal for kitchen cabinet repainting, doors, and trim work. Fire damage restoration painters love B-I-N because it seals in the acrid smell of fire, as well as sealing in water, soot, and grease stains that plague such jobs. (For more information, see Shellac in Fire Damage Restoration Bulletin).

As a stain sealer, B-I-N is unsurpassed. Water stains, mildew stains, knots in new wood, nicotine, gasoline, marking pens, etc. can all be reliably sealed with B-I-N. B-I-N seals surface pores so you use less finish paint. Finish coat has rich uniform appearance, with no "high" and "low" spots. Finish resists dirt better and has better scrubability. One coat of B-I-N kills - that is, covers and locks in even the worst stains that bleed through multiple coats of paint.

With B-I-N, there is no bleed-through into the top coat to ruin the job. B-I-N adheres tenaciously to all dense, smooth and slick surfaces such as: dense hardboard, chipboard, glass, Formica® , ceramic tile, PVC & metal pipes, radiators, grillwork, fire doors, and galvanized ductwork. No sanding or etching or deglossing agents are needed to get a firm bond.

B-I-N provides an "anchor" for the top coat so it can't be chipped or scraped off easily. Whatever horrible paint or wallcovering may have been used before, you can make a new start with B-I-N. One coat will transform the grimmest, darkest colors into a flat white ready for new finish paint or wallcovering.

  • Shellac-base primer-sealer
  • For interior and spot exterior use
  • Greatest stain sealer
  • Seals knots and sap streaks
  • Seals pet, smoke and musty odors
  • Sticks to all surfaces without sanding
  • Lightning fast dry - recoat in 45 minutes


Use indoors or for spot exterior use. Works with any top coat.

Coverage Brush On: 500 sq ft per gallon
Spray: 10-12 ft per can
(Coverage depends on surface porosity and application method) 
Dry to Touch Brush On: 20 Minutes
Spray: 15 Minutes
Dry to Recoat Brush On: 45 Minutes
Spray: 30 Minutes
Full Cure Brush On: 1-3 Days
Clean Up Brush On: Denatured Alcohol, ammoniated detergent or 90% isopropyl alcohol
Spray: Mineral Spirits

This Item Can NOT Be Shipped Internationally

Apply to new and previously painted drywall, plaster, wood
(pine, fir, cedar, redwood, plywood), metal (aluminum,
stainless steel, galvanized metal), vinyl, PVC, fiberglass
and masonry (stucco, concrete block, concrete, brick).
For exterior surfaces, apply to new or previously painted wood
(pine, fir, Cedar, Redwood, T-111, plywood, pressure-treated wood),
hard board, glass, metal (aluminum, stainless steel galvanized
metal), PVC, rigid plastics, aluminum and vinyl siding, fiberglass
and masonry (stucco, concrete block, concrete, brick).
Blocks stains and odors resulting from water & fire damage,
seals stains from dark colors, grease, rust, creosote, asphalt, crayon,
lipstick, graffiti, markers, knots, sap streaks, tannin bleed,etc.

Use B-I-N Shellac-Base Primer to spot prime persistent
bleed from knots and sap streaks before full surface priming with a
water-based or oil-based primer.

B-I-N seals unpainted or porous surfaces so topcoat
paints have better coverage. It fills and binds wood fibers
to create a smooth, sealed surface with “enamel holdout”
so fewer coats of paint are needed. Very porous surfaces
may require two coats which may reduce the square foot
coverage of the product.

B-I-N is an excellent interior stain killing primer. One coat
effectively blocks stains, including water, nicotine, ink,
crayon, marker, rust and smoke stains so they will not
bleed into the topcoat. Some stains require a second coat.
B-I-N is recommended for permanently sealing heavy
fire and water stains and odors caused by fires. It also
seals in urine and other animal odors and is recommended
for sealing nicotine stains and odors from tobacco.

Surfaces should be clean, dry, sound and free of dust, dirt,
excessive chalky material,grime, grease, oil, wax, mildew,
wallpaper adhesive, or any contamination that may
interfere with adhesion. If unsure of cleanliness, always
wash surface with household ammonia and water solution,
appropriate cleaning solution or solvent (do not use TSP
as a cleaner). Remove any peeling and/or unsound
coatings. Sand any remaining paint film edges smooth
with the surface. Remove existing stains by washing,
sanding, scraping, etc. Countersink exposed nail heads,
spot prime and fill all nail holes and gouges with Ready-Patch®
spackling compound or equally suitable material.
Lightly sand exposed exterior wood with 80 to 100 grit
sandpaper to remove loose or weathered wood fibers.

If you scrape, sand or remove old paint, you
may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO
EXPOSURE. Wear a NIOSH-Approved respirator to
control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA
vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to
protect yourself and your family by contacting the National
Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log on to

New plaster must age 30 days before application of
B-I-N Shellac-Base Primer. Concrete, plaster, masonry and
related surfaces must be fully cured before priming.

Damaged drywall should be repaired prior to priming. Spot
prime area of torn drywall facing paper or exposed
gypsum core with GardZ® Problem Surface Sealer and
then skim coat with drywall mud before priming the total
area with B-I-N Shellac-Base Primer.

Kill exterior mildew with Zinsser® JOMAX® House Cleaner
and Mildew Killer. Remove interior mildew stains by
washing the surface with a solution of one cup household
bleach in a gallon of water. Rinse well. Always wear
protective clothing and goggles to prevent eye and skin
contact with bleach. Do not add ammonia or other
cleaning products to the bleach solution. If concerned
about mold and mildew behind walls, underneath flooring,
in ventilation systems or other unseen areas, contact a
professional who specializes in mold and mildew
remediation. For commercial buildings and schools, follow
appropriate guidelines for mold removal.

Bare wood that has been exposed for more than 4 weeks
should be lightly sanded with 80-100 grit sandpaper to
remove loose or weathered wood fibers. For new Cedar
and Redwood applications, allow B-I-N Shellac-Base Primer
to dry 24 hours before painting or topcoating. Sand
interior bare wood surfaces using medium to fine grit

B-I-N Shellac-Base Primer is not recommended for whole
surface exterior application or for application to
floors, decks, or any surface subject to immersion or prolonged
contact with water.

Apply only when air, material, and surface temperatures
are between 0 and90ºF (-18 and32ºC) and the relative
humidity s below 70%. Do not apply B-I-N if surface
temperature is within 15°F of the dew point. Substrate
moisture should not exceed 12%.  Do not thin. Thoroughly
mix to ensure any settled pigment is re-dispersed before using.
In most cases only one coat is necessary to prime most surfaces.
If excessive absorption occurs over very
porous substrates a second coat may be necessary.
Spot priming is recommended only under high-hiding topcoat
finishes. For best results, prime entire surface before painting.
Keep container closed when not in use. Apply with a
natural or synthetic (nylon, polyester or blend)
bristle brush, roller, or airless sprayer. Follow
manufacturer's instructions when using spray equipment.
For airless spraying use a 0.011"-0.013” tip at 800 to
1200 psi. If a conventional sprayer is used, spray at 45-55 psi.
Wear NIOSH approved respirator and provide adequate

B-I-N Shellac-Base Primer may be tinted with up to 2
ounces of universal colorant per gallon. Tinting the primer
toward the color of the topcoat helps hide in one coat.
Note: The addition of universal colorant may prolong the
dry time of this product.

Dries to the touch in 20 minutes, can be recoated in
45 minutes. The primer film develops full adhesion and
hardness after it cures in 1 to 3 days. Lower temperatures,
higher humidity, and the addition of tint will prolong dry
and cure time.  Allow more time at cooler temperatures.

Clean up spills and paint drips with denatured alcohol or
ammoniated detergent. If spills or drips have dried, use
denatured alcohol or ammoniated detergent to soften and
remove primer. Wash application tools in a solution of 1
part ammonia and 3 parts water immediately after use.
If product has dried on application tools, soak tools
overnight in a solution of equal parts ammonia and water.
Scrub clean with a stiff brush. Follow equipment
manufacturer’s directions to clean spray equipment.
Dispose of unused or unwanted product in accordance
with local laws regulating water-based coatings.

Practical coverage - Approximately 500 sq.ft./gal.
(12.3m2/l) depending on application method
and surface porosity.

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This is by far the best can of anything you should carry in your van. Despite the fact that I pay over twice the price for it here in Ireland, I would not be without it. It dries and cures so fast as well as covering in no time . It takes hours off any job . I just envy you guys paying so little for it. Dont leave home without it.