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AFM SafeCoat, Transitional Primer


Non-toxic, all-purpose primer for interior and exterior use

AFM Safecoat Transitional Primer is a premium quality, water-based primer specifically formulated to solve difficult application problems without the use of toxic chemicals. Because it has an extremely tight and efficient polymer network, it can be used as a sealer on toxic surfaces. It can also act as a transitional layer between existing oil-based paint and water-based coatings. Use indoors or outdoors. NOTE: must dry 24 hours before applying top coat.

Unlike traditional primers that off-gas for days or months, AFM Safecoat Transitional Primer is odor-free when dried. It works well as a stain blocker on knot holes, water soluble stains and oils, and on tannins and terpenes in wood which can “bleed through” to the surface.

This primer is for use on previously painted walls, ceilings, wood and wood trim, fully cured plaster (below 10 pH), stucco and masonry. For new sheetrock, use AFM's New Wallboard Primecoat HPV.

Why we like it

This is an excellent primer for indoor or outdoor applications. Unlike most other primers it has the unique ability to seal and encapsulate toxic VOC emissions underneath it. It will also help to control odors such as smoke, pet urine or other organic odors but does not block them as well as VOCs. Transitional primer works best when combined with AFM Zero VOC paint. Using a different paint on top (even if zero VOC) will not have the same blocking effect.

Features & benefits

  • Superior quality, highly durable paint — fast-curing; designed for interior surfaces
  • Solves problems — stops bleed through; transitions from oil to water-based top coats
  • Protects indoor air quality — encapsulates toxic coatings underneath it and stops off-gassing
  • Odorless when dried — pleasant to use
  • Safe — for newborn children, those with allergies and even for the chemically sensitive; learn how to test a non-toxic product for tolerance
  • Non-toxic — contains no aromatic solvents, formaldehyde, ethylene glycol, ammonia, acetone, heavy metals, crystalline silica, or other carcinogenic or hazardous materials
  • Eco-friendly — ultra low VOC

Alert: If you're using it as a sealer, be sure to wait at least 24 hours before applying a top coat.

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This item description was written by Joel Hirshberg


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Interior or ExteriorInterior, Exterior
Use On MaterialMasonry, Metal, Sheetrock, Stone, Stucco, Surfaces: All, Wood
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LocationAll Rooms
Eco-replacement forToxic Primer
Chemically-sensitive safeYes learn how to test a non-toxic product for tolerance
Test before useYes, test on inconspicuous area
Coverage (1 Coat)1-Quart = 75-88 SF
1-Gallon = 300-350 SF
5-Gallon = 1,500-1,750 SF
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VOC Content9 grams/liter Grams/Liter
Use On Material - ConditionMasonry, Metal, Sheetrock, Stone, Stucco, Surfaces: All, Wood
Application Methodbrush, roller, spray
Application Temperature RangeWarmer than 55°F
Application Instructionssee pdf
Surface or Product PreperationSurface should be clean, dry and free of oil and wax
Recommended # of Coats1 or as needed
Re-coat After24 hours
Drying TimeDry to the touch in 1-2 hours
Allow to cure for 24 HOURS before re-coating or finish coating.
Appearance When Dryflat white
Cleans Up Withneutral cleaners
StorageStore in cool dry place out of sunlight
Recycling or DisposalDispose of excess product in accordance with all local, state and federal regulations, Do not throw out container unless completely empty. Pour contents onto dry cardboard and let thoroughly dry outdoors. May also be absorbed with cat litter, sand or other dry materials
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AFM SafeCoat, Transitional Primer

Non-toxic, encapsulating, all-purpose primer for all surfaces, indoors or outdoors

AFM SafeCoat, Transitional Primer

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