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Universal Paint Base and Primer

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Universal Paint and Primer is a highly pigmented bonding primer and paint base that provides great coverage using only 1 to 2 coats. It contains stain blockers to stop tannins from bleeding through to the surface. It’s easy to use and clean up with water. It adheres to most surfaces, providing they are clean and do not have any waxes or polishes on them. It works well as a primer and bonding undercoat but also contains plenty of pigment and polymers to make a high quality furniture and craft paint.

Product Details


  • Endless Possibilities – use as a stain blocking primer or color it for a full coverage furniture paint. You can use it in combination with any of our products to create your own white wash or color wash, satin or matte top coat. You can even make your own chalk paint by adding a little calcium carbonate!
  • Safe for You – unleash your creativity without the worry of harsh chemicals in your home. Our waterborne products are non-toxic and eco-friendly, allowing you to paint away in your home without obnoxious odors or health concerns.
  • Become the Artist – simply brush it or spray it on and it will do the work. Universal Paint Base & Primer self-levels and never yellows, allowing you to be the master painter without a paint chemistry degree.


  1. Environment: For best results, apply in an environment with a temperature between 68-75ºF.
  2. Prep: Clean your surface before applying. You can use CrystaLac Surface Conditioner to ensure a proper surface for application. Scuff-sand the surface for best adhesion.
  3. Application: Using a soft bristled brush, apply in thin, even coats. Let it self-level and dry. If spray-applying, it may be necessary to thin the product with CrystaLac Viscosity Reducer. This will extend dry time.
  4. Recoat: Sand lightly with 400 grit sandpaper to smooth out any pigment particles. For best tannin blocking, allow 24 hours dry time for the first coat. Allow 2-4 hours dry time between each coat and top coats. When using on a tumbler, allow 4 hours dry time before recoating. If using CrystaLac Viscosity Reducer to spray-apply, dry time will be extended.
  5. Cure Time: Since Universal Paint Base & Primer is a primer and base paint coat, you will need to use a top coat over your project. This product will cure along with the top coat, so please refer to the cure time of the CrystaLac top coat you’re using.


  • Store at room temperature in a dry place, out of direct sunlight.
  • Do not subject the product to freezing or hot temperatures.
  • CrystaLac products have a shelf life of 5 years after opening.
  • Use in an environment above 68ºF.

Safety info

  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • Do not allow children to use the product unsupervised.
  • If using a spray application method, wear proper eye and respiratory protection.

All of our products are water-based, low-VOC, making them non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and easy to use.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews

It goes on smooth and works amazing .


Great for making tumblers!

Universal paint and primer

Love this product. I just wish it came in bigger containers.


Love this product!


Nice coverage. Love all Crystal products.