Gripper Interior/Exterior Primer & Sealer is a premium acrylic primer and sealer designed to meet the variety of challenges experienced in the residential, commercial and multi-family markets for a multi-purpose primer. This fast-drying, all-purpose, bonding primer and sealer is suitable for interior or exterior application with its excellent adhesion to a variety of surfaces. Ideal for use on properly prepared interior or exterior wood, masonry, plaster, wallboard, cement, brick and stucco.
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88%of customersrecommend this product43 of 49reviews
Rating Breakdown50 reviews
88%of customersrecommend this product43 of 49reviews
I only sanded down the rough edges of the cabinets not the whole thing only because it is pressboard. I tried the 123 primer and it was thin going on so I didn't like that.This stuff is thick which helps it stick better and goes on great considering I didn't sand all that glossy stuff off the cabinets. After the primer, I painted over it with a semi gloss paint. I put the primer on with a brush to give a wood grain look then used a foam roller to apply another coat and then the paint. I used 2 layers of primer and paint since it was kitchen cabinets and I wanted to make sure no water gets through. The cabinets are easily wiped off.
Pros: Very Adhesive, Easy to Apply, Good Coverage, Easy to Clean, Easy to Use
I use Gripper as an under painting for both home indoor and exterior painting. It is an excellent primer/sealer that lasts. Thick as a brick and great coverage. I also use it for priming wood refinishing projects before I paint the final color. I wouldn't use any other primer...and I've been painting and refinishing for years. I've included a photo of a refinished dumpster find. Now...it's a treasure chest!
Pros: Very Adhesive, Even Application, High Quality of Material, Easy to Apply, Good Coverage, Easy to Clean, Easy to Use, Good Protection, Looks Great, Looks High End, Dries Quickly
Repainted my mom's house for sale. Painted both light and dark 1970s fake wood paneling, even the black grooves. 2 coats covered like butter! Also had it tinted to Sherwin Williams Napery for one room, and Benjamin Moore Ivory White for a smaller room.
Pros: Very Adhesive, Even Application, Easy to Apply, Easy Instructions, Good Coverage, Easy to Use, Modern, Dries Quickly
I was shocked (and still am) at how well this works! I wanted to refinish a big dark-stained chair but it has so many curves in the arms and nooks & crannies around the legs, I thought it would take me days just to sand it down everywhere. A very helpful salesman at HD recommended this and wow, it stuck to that chair! It's now three years later and it looks exactly the same as the day I finished it. One coat of Gripper, two coats basic white wall paint and voila, perfect "new" chair. If they allowed photos on here I'd share the before/after. Who knows how much time and elbow grease this saved. Great product.
I recently applied Glidden Gripper over a mixture of newly textured drywall, existing paint, and some stains that wouldn't wash out.
It covered everything evenly, dried fast, and when I put the first actual paint coat on, the sheen and color were very even- I couldn't even tell where the existing paint and new texture were. The new paint (Glidden Premium) went on smooth and evenly as well.
The only downside is that it took a lot of primer to cover over the new drywall texture, but I don't think that's the primer's fault- it's a consequence of painting over texture compound for the first time.
Add to this a very low odor, and you have a winner!
Pros: Very Adhesive, Even Application, High Quality of Material, Easy to Apply, Easy to Use, Modern, Dries Quickly, low odor
Roughed up stained wood paneling surface and wiped clean as recommended. Applied Gripper, but it did not completely cover. A second coat of Gripper was applied and it was marginally better. We applied a top coat of semi-gloss white with primer, but dark regions showed through. We applied a second coat of the semi-gloss and it looks better, but a few dark areas have shown up. We will be applying a 3rd coat on the problem areas. Not a good value for my paneling if you have to do 5 coats!
Do not buy, the paint peel off my front door after only 6 month.
PostedDecember 16, 2014
No, I do not recommend this product.
I sand down my front door almost to bare wood and used Gripper Primer as base to hide imperfection and hope give top layer paint more gripper. After 6 month, the paint is peeling off.
Uploaded picture shows peel off but was only after putting on another layer of paint so you would not see the white primer. Basically I have to paint it again after weather warms up. I still have 90% of gal still left which I intend to paint my window trim. Looks like I have to throw away. Completely waist money.
I had a number of painting projects--interior walls, old stained and varnished woodwork and doors, laminate and vintage furniture. After trying two well-known primers that were only medium-good (one of which has very strong odor), I read about Gripper's superior adhesion to glossy surfaces. I am now on my fifth gallon of Gripper--the only primer I'll use. It out-performs other primers and is relatively low odor. The best--can't recommend it highly enough!
Pros: Very Adhesive, Even Application, High Quality of Material, Easy to Apply, Easy Instructions, Good Coverage, Easy to Clean, Easy to Use, Good Protection, Looks Great, Looks High End, Modern, Dries Quickly
This is a prep for final paint - not the top coat. Sure you should use it for fresh drywall but its also great for covering stains or markers from kids. Also great on ceiling tiles for covering cracks and keeping them from moving.
Pros: Very Adhesive, Even Application, High Quality of Material, Easy to Apply, Good Coverage, Good Protection, Dries Quickly
I used this primer last year on our side porch entrance and couldn't believe how it adhered to the wood. I wasn't able to apply the top coat of paint before winter set in and I am still amazed how well the primer has held up. Looks as good as the day I put it on. I am now in the middle of painting my kitchen cabinets and primered them first with "Gripper". They look great! So far so good....
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Review 11 for 1-gal. Gripper White Primer Sealer
from SF Bay Area, CA
Wrong product for the job
PostedDecember 7, 2014
No, I do not recommend this product.
Two days work, seven gallons, and two coats into the job, it has become evident that this primer is not a good sealer. Sprayed a garage ceiling comprised of plywood, timber, pipes and some wires. Adhered well, but as far as sealing tannins, repairs and water stains this product is poor.
It does flow well and leaves a nice uniform, non-chalky, hard surface, but performs 'sealing' about as well as any latex paint - stains bleed thru. I need to spend another $100+ and try another primer because I know if I top coat now, the results will be poor. Note: I let it dry 22 hours before the second coat. Plenty of time for a true sealer to lock stains. Probably a product better suited for a repaint job, and outdoors because it is moderately smelly.
I had a 25' x 26' "L" shaped outdoor awning to primer before painting. I used the Ryobi airless sprayer HD sells and this stuff went on without a problem. The wood used was all pressure treated and I had no issue with the primer bonding to the wood, nail heads or simpson ties.
I used this to paint over fake wood paneling in one of the rooms in my house. I'm not ready to take down the paneling and drywall (it's glued on), so I decided to paint over it.
The paneling had a slight sheen to it so I sanded it down with some 80-grit drywall sandpaper to scuff the surface and take down the sheen.
I primed with the Gripper (I asked to have it tinted) and in one coat the walls were sufficiently covered. I also primed the wood trim around one of the windows, as well as the closet doors. I let it dry for a full 12 hours and then painted over with the topcoat.
The topcoat went on in one coat as well and looks really good. I do need to lightly sand the wood trim and re-paint it (it'd be the 3rd coat over wood trim) but it was also really dry, and I probably should have used a second coat of primer.
I'm not sure why some people have written reviews complaining about this primer at all. First off, it is NOT like painting with glue. It is not thicker than any other primer or paint I have worked with, so if some people thought it was too thick, then they must have either not mixed it before using it, or they were applying it in conditions not ideal for painting (read labels!).
My husband and I used this product to paint old paneling. We used two coats to ensure an even surface area for us to paint over. The panels were old and brown, so we washed them before applying Gripper. It dries very quickly and we did not notice any overly strong fumes or smell!
Pros: Very Adhesive, Even Application, High Quality of Material, Easy to Apply, Easy Instructions, Good Coverage, Easy to Use, Looks Great, Dries Quickly
I used this product to prime a wooden piece of furniture. It formed a good bond with the wood as well as with subsequent paint. I would definitely recommend this primer, it is low odor and dries quickly.
Pros: Very Adhesive, Easy Instructions, Dries Quickly, Easy to Apply
I am in the midst of a project with 30 windows, old doors, staircase, and base molding that were all chocolate brown, and all painted with a semigloss paint. All trim on this project is supposed to be finished in a high brightness white color. I also had a lot of dark brown paneled walls. Talk about your priming nightmare scenario. Not to mention, that I had one room completely green, and another completely purple (ceilings included.). Bottom line, I rented a sprayer and sprayed 10 gallons of gripper throughout the house. In one day, the entire home was white! Topcoats and trim paint went on easier. I saved a bunch in time/labor and paint by going this route. I'm going to use this for all my difficult projects from now on. Highly recommend!
MFG of Gladden Gripper advertises it will stick to previously painted surfaces without sanding. . I applied a coat to a new prefinished exterior rustic 2 panel door by Steves and Sons that I purchased from Home Depot. I allowed a week for it to dry and cure. Gripper did not stick to the door's fnish. The primer peels off with the gentlest abrasion. I am now stripping the door and I will prime with Coronado "Grip and Seal" which has worked for me on all types of surfaces including tile, glass and laminate for decades.