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Zinsser B-I-N


The ultimate performance shellac-based primer-sealer and stain killer for interior and spot exterior use. Offers unparalleled adhesion to glossy surfaces (including glass) without the need for scuff sanding and blocks stubborn and persistent stains.

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Zinsser B-I-N is the choice product of restoration professionals thanks to its legendary adhesion to all surfaces, including smooth, dense and hard to paint areas like over glossy paint or varnish, ceramic tiles, glass or PVC surfaces. There’s no need to sand or prepare the surface beyond basic cleaning, for Zinsser B-I-N to bond to the surface and cure fast, ready for a topcoat.

Water stains, grease, oil, soot, rust, mildew, tannin bleed and graffiti are now a thing of the past thanks to Zinsser B-I-N, too, thanks to its excellent stain killing power. With one coat, historic stains, fungal degradation, and surface discolouration can be treated in preparation for a striking new topcoat. It’s not just stains, however, that this product will block – it also blocks, covers and removes odours, too. There is no other product on the market that can duplicate the odour sealing properties of this shellac-based paint. That means no more nicotine, smoke damage, legacy fireplace smells, or mould and mildew odours!

B-I-N is touch dry in approximately 15 mins, and can be recoated in 45 minutes – that’s incredibly fast for a primer. It manages this through its unique alcohol solvent, which evaporates quickly – leaving no residential odour – leaving you to apply a topcoat, faster than ever before.

As well as for use on challenging work and wall surfaces, Zinsser B-I-N is a fantastic wood sealer – perfect for sealing tough knots and sap streaks that tend to bleed through ordinary primers and paint topcoats. It really is the perfect all-surface primer.



New and previously painted dry wall, cured plaster/cement based coatings, wood (pine, fir, cedar, redwood, plywood, previously varnished or woodstained), metal (aluminium, steel, copper), vinyl, fibreglass, cured masonry (stucco, concrete block, poured concrete, brick). Blocks stains and odours resulting from water & fire damage, seals stains from dark colours, gr ease, rust, creosote, asphalt, crayon, lipstick, graffiti, markers, knots, sap streaks, tannin bleed, etc.

Its dried film is non-toxic and hypo-allergenic, meaning that it can be used in areas where incidental contact with food items occur.


Spot prime persistent bleed from knots and sap streaks before full-surface priming with water or oil base primer.

Features & Benefits
• Ultimate performance primer-sealer
• Permanently blocks odours
• Unparalleled adhesion to any surface without sanding
• For interior and spot exterior use
• Seals knots and sap streaks
• Dries in just 15 minutes
• Recoatable in 45 minutes

It is your responsibility to read the Product Data Sheets (available below) before you place an order and prior to application of the product. The content of this website is our best recommendation and is not advice. Coverage rates quoted are approximate, you agree that coverage depends on the condition of the substrate, surface absorption, texture and application method. We ALWAYS recommend a trial area is coated to ensure the product meets your requirements before use.

Product Details

Data sheet

Brush, Roller, Spray
Touch Dry
20 Mins

Specific References


Customer agrees that before placing an Order, Customer has read and understood the most up to date Product Data Sheet for the Product. Where we have access to the Product Data Sheet from the manufacturer, we will either provide a copy on request, or include a link to the Product Data Sheet available on the manufacturer’s website. Customer further agrees that we have no liability for any errors or omissions contained within the Product Data Sheets. For more information, please see our Terms & Conditions of Sale.

questions Sandra Probert on 31/07/2019

My bathroom door is knotty pine, painted with water based gloss paint. The decorator did not seal the knots beforehand and I now have ugly streaks and blotches showing through the paint where the knots have seeped through. Will B-I-N fix this, and if so, what do I have to do first? Will all the areas need sanding?


Zinssser B-I-N is the correct primer to seal discolouration from knots. Best not to sand these areas as this can reactivate the sap in the knots. Wipe the discoloured patches with methylated spirits then apply 1-2 coats of B-I-N over the dark patches followed by your top coat. (2 coats will be better on the particularly dark knots).

questions Aine on 12/07/2019

I WANT TO PAINT SOLID OAK KITCHEN BUT KEEP THE GRAIN VISIBLE- WILL THE BIN FLATTEN THE GRAIN - I have already painted a couple off doors but the paint hasn’t adhered very well and Zinsser was recommended by a friend but I don’t want a flat “laminated” appearance


Zinsser B-I-N has a fairly low film build so shouldn't create a thick enough layer to interfere with the grain of the timber if it is pronounced enough to see/feel now. Obviously it is white in colour so it will be completely opaque once coated and we would suggest a test area is carried out first to ensure you are happy with the finished appearance.

questions John on 13/05/2019

Can I use a water based paint directly on top of B-I-N? If so, how long should I let this dry for before painting over it?


Yes and you can recoat after 45mins @ 20°C / 50% RH.

questions Harry on 21/01/2019

We are wanting to paint over a pine floor that has been coated with a polyurethane varnish. Firstly, ideally, we need to prime over the varnish and avoid loads of sanding. Then we need a recommendation for a durable paint finish suitable for low tread (bedroom) flooring. Any suggestions? Best Regards Harry


Generally we don’t advise using B-I-N or any of the Zinsser primers on floors however we do know it has been used in low wear situations previously with reasonable success. Apply a good quality floor paint on top, either the Blackfriar Professional Acrylic Floor Paint or Blackfriar Professional Polyurethane Floor Paint would both be options, also the Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Floor Paint. We would suggest a light abrade to the surface first with a fine grade of sandpaper just to key the surface. Wipe down with a damp cloth then apply the B-I-N. Please Note: The coatings may chip off if subjected to impact from a sharp object.

questions Gemma on 16/10/2018

We want to paint over dark stained wood to make a white gloss finish on internal doors and trim work. Would this kill the dark brown stain without bleed through or yellowing. I don't want to have to keep redecorating every couple of years if the paint goes yellow or starts to brown. Thanks


Yes, Zinsser B-I-N would be perfect for this.

questions Kevin on 21/08/2018

We are looking to paint over some pine cladding on bathroom walls and ceiling that had been varnished with a mat varnish at some point , Would you sugest a primer initially, Then a paint on top , Is the primers oil or water based ?


Zinsser Cover Stain would be the recommended primer in this instance. Wash the surfaces well to remove any traces of soap/shampoo residues, apply 1 coat Zinsser Cover Stain followed by a top coat such as Zinsser Perma-White Interior.

questions Nicky on 05/03/2018

Hi, Do you tint Zinsser BIN? Kind regards, Nicky


Yes, we show a small selection of colours available above and can also mix to other pastel shades upon request if required.

questions Liz Armstrong on 15/10/2017
Question: We are painting the solid wood doors, trims & kickboards (which are laminate) of our kitchen units. Which primer would you recommend as the best & most longstanding in a busy kitchen - Zinsser BIN or Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3? The paint we're planning to use is water-based eggshell. Thanks

Zinsser B-I-N is recommended by Zinsser for kitchen units, just make sure surfaces are clean, a good wash down followed by a wipe over with a clean cloth soaked in methylated spirits would be their recommendation.

No need to sand the surfaces. Apply 1-2 coats of Zinsser B-I-N as required to get good coverage then straight on with the top coat.

questions Ian Cartwright on 03/09/2017
Question: Advised to use zinsser b-I-n on emulsion painted interior walls following a house fire to seal in smoke stains and odour but intend to plaster skin some walls. Plasterer will use blue grit bonding prior to skin coat - should I seal before this is applied or seal the finished plaster skin afterwards

We are not familiar with the blue grit bonding product, however we have viewed product details for Febond Blue grit and this says it can be applied to painted surfaces prior to applying a plaster finish.

In this instance Zinsser B-I-N could be applied to the smoke damaged surfaces first followed by the Blue Grit coat. The surfaces must be dry, free from loose soot deposits and any flaking paint. It may be advisable to apply 2 coats of Zinsser B-I-N to ensure the surfaces are well treated and sealed.

You should also check with Everbuild the manufacturers of the Febond Blue Grit to see if they have any comments on this particular application.

questions mark on 08/08/2017
Question: Once I have used the BIN Primer do I need to undercoat before using satinwood? Thanks

This would be down to personal preference. You wouldn't need to use an undercoat but you can still use one if you wanted to.

questions Martyn on 30/04/2017
Question: I have had a flakey bathroom ceiling. After sanding off loose paint I gave 3 coats of Zinsser B-I-N. It is peeling again. Any suggestions please? Thanks.

Zinsser B-I-N is not a great primer for bathrooms, as it is moisture sensitive it can break down over time. If the ceiling was damp at the time of painting this would not have helped either.

To recoat the ceiling, scrape all the loose flaking paint back to a sound coating and allow the ceiling to completely dry out. Keep windows open to maintain a good airflow to help with the drying out process.

Apply 1 coat of Zinsser Peel Stop to the full ceiling to seal and stabilise any remaining paint. Then finish with 2 coats of Zinsser Perma-White Interior.

Avoid excessive use of the shower for a full 7 days after painting to prevent any condensation forming on the surface of the paint while it is still curing.

questions Alan McDonald  on 11/02/2017
Question: Have just used BIN primer as base coat on pine drawer unit. How long before I can coat with Leyland Acrylic Primer Undercoat?

At 20°C / 50% RH Zinsser B-I-N can be overcoated after 45 minutes.

questions Angela on 28/11/2016

have chalk painted a chest of draws and i don't like it will Zinsser Bin seal the chalk paint, for me to be able to use a oil based paint.


Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint will come off easily with a kitchen scouring pad and water. If you don’t want to remove it then an oil based paint can be applied directly over the Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint.

questions Angela on 28/11/2016

have chalk painted a chest of draws and i don't like it will Zinsser Bin seal the chalk paint, for me to be able to use a oil based paint.


Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint will come off easily with a kitchen scouring pad and water. If you don’t want to remove it then an oil based paint can be applied directly over the Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint.

questions B Brady on 27/11/2016
Question: Can I use Zinsser BIN to seal and prime new MDF doors and new softwood skirting boards?


questions Hugh on 21/06/2016
Question: Can Zinsser B-I-N be used to spot treat knots
Answer: Yes definitely.
questions John on 10/03/2016
Question: I want to paint over wallpaper with a shiny surface. Will BIN be the correct first coat?

Yes, just ensure the wallpaper is clean and dry before application. Once primed with Zinsser B-I-N you can overcoat it with your choice of paint.

questions Cath Wood on 03/02/2016
Question: Can I put Zinsser BIN on top of a pine chest of drawers that has already been painted then waxed?

No, the wax must first be removed by way of a proprietary cleaner like Timberex Oil & Wax Remover together with thorough sanding.

questions andrea lang on 24/10/2015

What can I thin Zinsser B-I-N with to make it easier to apply to large doors using a roller?


Zinsser B-I-N is not recommended to be thinned at all, if you can't achieve the application you require with Zinsser B-I-N you could try Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Plus which can be thinned with water to aid application if required and offers nearly all the same properties.

questions graham on 11/10/2015

Can Zinnser B-I-N be used as a base on wood which has been previously painted with oil based paint and is now being overpainted with a water based product?



questions Lynn on 28/09/2015

Can Zinsser B-I-N be used as a primer on ceramic tiles in a kitchen. Tiles are shiny. What is the best procedure going forward?


Zinsser B-I-N can be used on shiny ceramic tiles but we find the Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Plus works better. All you need to do is make sure the tiles are clean and dry, apply 1 coat of Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Plus, allow to dry (1 hour) and then over coat with something like Zinsser Perma-White Interior.

questions Jeanette on 21/09/2015

Can Zinsser B-I-N be put directly on top of varnished doors. If not, what do I need to do first?


Yes absolutely it can, all you need to do is make sure the surfaces you are painting are clean and dry.

questions Jessica Banks on 16/09/2015

I want to prime over laminate kitchen unit doors and then finish with Rust Oleum paint. Can Zinsser B-I-N be used in a spray gun? as I want to give it to the spray company to apply.


Yes it can, for airless spray use .011” – .013” tip @ 800–1,200 PSI or for conventional spray, spray at 45 – 55 PSI.

questions Tim bradford on 03/08/2015

I want to paint over timber doors and skirting previously covered with dark satin wood stain. Will Zinsser B-I-N stick to it and can it be overpainted with gloss or satin paint?


Zinsser B-I-N is perfect for this use, simply clean any surfaces that require painting and remove any loose and flaking existing coatings by sanding. Once you have primed the surfaces with Zinsser B-I-N you can apply almost any conventional decorative water or solvent based over the top.


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