Primer

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$42
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Rated 4.8 out of 5
Based on 99 reviews
Our fast-drying, multi-surface primer applies easily to conceal imperfections and block stains while providing a long-lasting bond to a variety of interior surfaces. It’s the foundation for a flawless paint job.
Our zero VOC Primer is low odor and GREENGUARD Gold certified. Our multi-surface paint Primer is suitable for a variety of interior and exterior surfaces including drywall, wood, stonework, and hard-to-stick surfaces like aged oil-based paint, aluminum, and galvanized metal.
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Zero VOC

GreenGUARD Gold Certified

Ultra Low Odor

Applies Easily

Blocks Stains

Fast Drying

The best base for a flawless paint job

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average rating 4.8 out of 5
Based on 99 reviews
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96% of reviewers would recommend this product to a friend
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Rated 4 out of 5
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Rated 4 out of 5
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Rated 4 out of 5
99 Reviews
Reviewed by JJ, from United States
Verified Reviewer
I don't recommend this product
Age Range
25 - 34
Painter
DIY
Skill Level
Intermediate
State (US)
Minnesota
Room Type
  • Kitchen
Product Standouts
  • Low Odor
  • Eco-Friendly
Rated 3 out of 5
Review posted

Poor workability and not the best coverage

I primed our porch, living, and dining room with Benjamin Moore fresh start and then painted it with their “Ben” paint and had great results.

We decided to switch to Clare because we were overwhelmed by color options and wanted something more curated.

I haven’t tried the paint yet, but I’m a little disappointed by this primer. I feel like it dries a little too fast and the coverage wasn’t as good as Benjamin Moore fresh start. After two coats of BMFS, we had great coverage, but with two coats of Clare primer I can still see subtle remnants of the previous paint. This isn’t so bad, since we’re going to paint over the primer anyway, but the dry time and workability sort of killed it for me. If you step away even for 30 seconds or more, and then return to an area and try to re-roll or blend new primer with the 30 second old primer, the old paint starts to peel away and leaves a rough texture that has to be sanded.

The fast drying may seem like a perk but I’ve found it leads to poor workability. If you want something that is more forgiving, I would maybe try a different primer.

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Rated 3 out of 5
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Hi JJ,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review! This is definitely an atypical experience and we'd love to make it right for you. We've reached out directly via email 💛

Reviewed by PL, from United States
Verified Buyer
I don't recommend this product
Age Range
25 - 34
Painter
DIY
Skill Level
Beginner
State (US)
Tennessee
Room Type
  • Bedroom
Product Standouts
  • Low Odor
  • Quick Drying
  • Excellent Customer Service
Rated 2 out of 5
Review posted

Difficult to work with

While I give an extra star for this primer having practically zero odor, that's where the stars have to stop. This primer is unbelievably thick, fast drying and difficult to work with. It took over 5 coats to get the medium greige covered up on my wall (not even that dark of a color). I live in a new construction home with zero texture on the walls and I thought I would need to buy a 3rd and 4th gallon as the first gallon (of 2 I bought) went to cover 1 wall. I even facetimed with my dad who does interior/exterior painting and he said that the primer was applying horribly. Will not be using this primer for any other rooms in my home.

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Rated 3 out of 5
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Hi Polly! Thank you so much for sharing your feedback 💛

We've reached out via email to make this right for you!

Reviewed by Alexis, from United States
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Age Range
35 - 44
Painter
DIY
Skill Level
Beginner
State (US)
Florida
Room Type
  • Bedroom
  • Living Room
  • Bathroom
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Room
Product Standouts
  • Low Odor
  • Washable
  • Quick Drying
  • True to Color
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Primer

It primed well and I didn't feel like I was going to die of fumes. On darker colors I did have to do multiple layers of primer to get better coverage.

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Reviewed by Janet C., from United States
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Age Range
55 - 64
Painter
DIY
Skill Level
Beginner
State (US)
Kentucky
Room Type
  • Other
Product Standouts
  • Low Odor
  • Good Coverage
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Perfect coverage

I used this on a concrete floor that had been painted with a semi-gloss. I then painted over it with black. The coverage was fantastic.

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Reviewed by Kim P., from United States
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Age Range
25 - 34
Painter
DIY
Room Type
  • Bedroom
  • Living Room
  • Dining Room
  • Entryway
  • Bathroom
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Wonderful Prep

Prepped my walls with this over a deep gray and it really helped with them coverage since i was using a shade of white as my main color.

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