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I've had some of the oak (--at least I THINK they're oak) windows in my basement replaced with vinyl, and have decided to paint the rest white to match. The window exteriors are wrapped in vinyl, so I'll only be painting the interior sides. Because there are some dark water spots from condensation, and because I live in an area of the country with extreme temperatures (-10 to 100), I'm thinking of using the following products:
Zinsser CoverStain Oil-base Interior & Exterior Primer
and
Behr Premium Plus Ultra Stain-blocking paint and primer in one, EXTERIOR Semi-gloss enamel.

What do you think?
 
Posts: 1430 | Location: Minnesota | Registered: Nov 28, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Sounds good to me but I am suspicious that primer in paint is a marketing ploy rather than useful...just like that one coat paint used to be. Using a stain blocking primer should do the job though.
 
Posts: 6733 | Location: North MN & Northern AR | Registered: Oct 01, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I'm suspicious of the primer in paint stuff, too.
And I'm certainly NOT a fan of any BEHR product.
Why are you using exterior paint on interior windows?
 
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Originally posted by jaysmom49:

Why are you using exterior paint on interior windows?


Because, from what I've been reading, one of the primary differences between interior and exterior paints is that exterior paint holds up much better to temperature extremes. And even though the paint would be on the inside, the window frames are certainly going to be affected by the sub-zero temperatures we get outside.

So, the question is, are there better products? Or a better combination of products?
 
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Zinser is a good brand. I've had no problem with behr. But I too don't think you need to use exterior paint but it won't hurt. We are further north than you with the much colder weather and I don't know of anyone around here that uses the exterior paint inside unless they are using leftover paint.

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Originally posted by metwo:
Zinser is a good brand. I've had no problem with behr. But I too don't think you need to use exterior paint but it won't hurt. We are further north than you with the much colder weather and I don't know of anyone around here that uses the exterior paint inside unless they are using leftover paint.


Thanks, Metwo. I'll reconsider using interior enamel, especially since I'm pretty sure the smell will be less offensive than exterior paint. I'm just looking for the best way to avoid re-doing this job anytime soon.
 
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