Beeline Primer Sealer is designed to prime surfaces as part of your preparation before applying a wallpaper. It comes in a 2.5kg tub, which is then diluted to make around 6 or 7 litres of product. You can pick a tub of this up online for around £20, which represents great value for money!!
There are a couple of other products you could use to prime a wall or ceiling prior to installing wallpaper. The first, and most common, is known as “size”. This is simply a very thin paste solution, usually the same type of paste as you’re going to use for your finish paper. The idea is basic, you apply the diluted paste, it penetrates the wall or ceiling and seals everything.
The advantages of using size include aided adhesion, cost effective and reliable. The major downside is you don’t always have a solid and stable surface on which to work, meaning you can often get grains of dirt showing through your finish paper. It can also be slightly too sticky, making it difficult to manipulate your paper.
The other alternative is Zinsser Gardz, which does give you a stable surface, however you sometimes experience adhesion issues between paste and Gardz.
How is Beeline Primer Sealer Different?
Beeline Primer Sealer gives you the best of both worlds!! Whilst it can spatter, the product is very easy to apply. It seals and stabilises any surface brilliantly, meaning you can give it a quick tickle with some fine sandpaper to take off any lingering grains of dirt, perfect for some of the older walls that need plenty of attention.
The other thing Beeline Primer Sealer does is aid adhesion, which is a massive advantage. This will help prevent joints from opening in your wallpaper. You even get a little bit of “slip” when applying wallpaper, as well as an even surface to work on. There is no better product out there to seal walls before applying wallpaper!!
Another party trick of Beeline Primer Sealer is its ability to adhere strongly to non-porous surfaces such as glass, metal and old gloss paint. Without this product, you’d struggle to wallpaper over such materials.
Why is Beeline Primer Sealer So Good?
One simple reason, this is a trade product which, although it is simple, has been developed by Ciret for a very specific task, to prime surfaces ready to wallpaper. Gardz is a stabiliser but isn’t really designed to take wallpaper. Diluted wallpaper paste was developed as an adhesive, not a primer sealer. It’s a no brainer really!!
Beeline primer Sealer is available online by clicking here.
Best Tools to Apply Beeline Primer Sealer
I thought I’d include a short section on the brush and roller I recommend using for Beeline Primer Sealer. Being a thin, watery material, you will want a long pile roller and brush with a thick stock.
You won’t find a better roller than the Purdy Colossus, which has a thick, dense nap. It holds onto loads of the primer and spreads it over a large area. Available online by clicking here.
As for the brush, I like using the Purdy Monarch Elite XL. It’s quite an expensive paintbrush, but you can use it all different paint products and it will last for years. Available online by clicking here.
Beeline Wallpaper Paste
Beeline do a whole range of wallpaper paste which is loved by painters and decorators. I’d go as far as to say they are the trade’s favourite. As such, they are sold from most Trade Decorating Centres. The two most popular pastes from Beeline’s range are Yellow Top, which is perfect for medium to light papers and offers fantastic “slip”, making it easy to use.
The other Beeline Wallpaper paste that decorators love is the Red Top. This paste is thicker and contains less water. It’s also grippier, making it better for non-woven wallpapers.
Beeline Primer Sealer Review – by Mike Gregory
Ive not heard of this product. Will try and use it. Last wallpapering job i did i used Zinsser 123 to seal a previously papered wall with loads of filler. Seems to of done the job really well. I then used Anaglypta paste which was so tacky it gripped like anything!