Zinsser Bulls Eye Water-Based Primer-Sealer/Stain Killer

Zinsser Bulls Eye Water-Based Primer-Sealer/Stain Killer Gallon Can

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Bulls Eye WATER-BASE Interior Primer-Sealer & Stain Killer is an "interior only” primer-sealer specifically formulated to offer the production painter a quick drying, quick sanding, high-hide, superior adhesion, stain blocking primer compatible with all topcoats.

Bulls Eye WATER-BASE dries super-fast and has virtually no odor, making it ideal for occupied environments. Its smooth, easy flow properties offer great leveling, drying to a smooth, dead flat finish for easy sanding and excellent enamel holdout.

An all-surface interior primer-sealer, Bulls Eye WATER-BASE is recommended for both new and remodeled areas and is great for interior walls, ceilings, doors, trim, paneling – any surface where a fast-drying, low odor, high-adhesion primer-sealer is required.

As a sealer, Bulls Eye WATER-BASE is excellent for use over painted and unpainted porous surfaces to extend the coverage of topcoats. Formulated to resist grain raise, it sands quickly and easily to a fine powder, leaving a smooth surface with great enamel holdout for a uniform finish with flashing.

Bulls Eye WATER-BASE adheres to glossy paint, clear finishes and other hard-to-stick surfaces. Its tenacious adhesion eliminates the need for pre-sanding or deglossing. An excellent general-purpose stain killer, Bulls Eye WATER-BASE blocks solvent-base stains to prevent them from bleeding through the topcoat. It can also be tinted, eliminating the need for a second coat of finish paint. Formulated as a spray product to meet the needs of production painters, Bulls Eye WATER-BASE also can be brushed and rolled with great results.

  • Interior water‐base formula
  • Dries fast – topcoat in one hour
  • Very low odor
  • High‐hiding
  • Sticks to all surfaces without sanding
  • Easy soap and water clean up


Let dry one hour before recoating or sanding. Clean using soap and water.

Coverage 400-500 sq ft per gallon (depending on surface porosity and application method) 
Dry to Touch 30 Minutes
Dry to Recoat 1 Hour
Full Cure 7-10 Days
Clean Up Soap and Water
Approximately 400sq.ft./gal. (9.8 m2/l)
depending on application method and surface porosity.

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.
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.

If you scrape, sand or remove old paint, you
may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO
EXPOSURE. Weara 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 drywall must be wiped down with a damp cloth to
remove residual joint compound dust prior to priming.

New plaster must age 30 days before application of
Bulls-Eye Water-Base.  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 Bulls-Eye Water-Base.

Remove mildew stains by washing the surface with a
solution of one cup household bleach in a gallon of water.
Follow label instructions and personal protection
recommendations on the MSDS. 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.

Remove existing stains by washing, sanding, scraping,
etc. Water stains, stains form water-based markers and
smoke stains should be primed with B-I-N Primer/Sealer.
Nicotine stains should be primed with Cover-Stain®.

Use Bulls-Eye to prime galvanized metal, aluminum or
previously painted ferrous metals. Prime uncoated ferrous
metals with Bulls-Eye 1-2-3® Primer/Sealer.

Sand bare wood smooth using medium to fine grit
sandpaper and remove dust. For new Cedar and
Redwood applications, allow Bulls-Eye Water-Base to dry
24 hours before painting or topcoating.

Bulls-EyeWater-Base is not recommended for exterior
applications such as floors, decks, roof surfaces or any
surface subject to immersion or prolonged contact with
water. Do not box or intermix Bulls-Eye Water-Base with
other water-based products.

Apply only when air, material, and surface temperatures
are between 50-90ºF (10-32ºC) and the relative humidity
is below 70%. Substrate moisture content should not
exceed 12%. 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.  Apply with a
synthetic (nylon, polyester or blend) bristle
brush, roller, or airless sprayer. Follow manufacturer's
instructions when using spray equipment. For airless spraying use a
.015 to .017" tip at 2500 to 2700 psi. Wear
NIOSH approved respirator and provide adequate

If thinning is necessary, add no more than 10 fluid ounces
of clean water per gallon and mix thoroughly. Note that
thinning the primer may affect its stain-blocking properties.

Bulls-Eye Water-Base 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. For mid or
deep tone colors use Bulls-Eye 1-2-3 Deep Tint. Shake or
stir well before using.

Dries to the touch in 30 minutes, can be recoated in 1 hour.
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 detergent and warm water.
If spills or drips have dried, use denatured alcohol
or ammoniated detergent to soften and remove primer.
Wash application tools in detergent and warm water
immediately use. Follow equipment manufacturer’s
directions to clean spray equipment. Dispose of unused or
unwanted product in accordance with local laws regulating
water-based coatings.

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