AFM Safecoat Transitional Primer for Interior and Exterior use is Very Low VOC

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AFM Safecoat Transitional Primer is Very Low VOC

AFM Safecoat Transitional Primer is a premium quality, waterbased, flat finish universal primer specifically formulated to solve difficult application problems without the use of toxic and malodorous chemicals. Because it has an extremely tight and efficient polymer network, it is when properly applied particularly well suited for transitioning from existing oil based painted surfaces to waterbased coatings. It is when properly applied useful as a stain blocker for many of the knot holes, water soluble stains and oils, tannins and terpenes in wood which can “bleed through” to the surface upon the application of traditional waterbased primers. Like all Safecoat paints, it is the least toxic product of its type, and contains no naphtha or other aromatic solvents, and no formaldehyde, ethylene glycol, ammonia, acetone, heavy metals, crystalline silica or other carcinogenic or hazardous materials. Safecoat Transitional Primer is naturally low in odor, and unlike other paints contains no masking agents or fragrances to hide the smells of toxic chemicals.


AFM Safecoat Transitional Primer may be used on most interior and exterior surfaces: walls, ceilings, wood and wood trim, fully cured plaster, stucco, masonry and drywall.

Safecoat Transitional Primer Benefits

  • Unique molecular structure promotes strong penetration and mechanical adhesion.
  • Environmentally friendly – very low VOC, the lowest toxicity for a product of its type.
  • Tight polymer network makes an excellent sealer.
  • Transitions oil-based surfaces to accept waterbased coatings.
  • Good stain blocker, reduces bleed through.
  • Low Odor.
  • Contains no formaldehyde or aromatic hydrocarbons.
  • Fights indoor air pollution.


  • 1 quart.
  • 1 gallon.
  • 5 gallon.



One gallon of Safecoat Transitional Primer covers approximately 300-350 square feet in one coat depending on method of application and surface texture and porosity.

Surface Preparation

Because of wide variations in the way different woods accept stain, we particularly recommend that users always test in small, inconspicuous areas for appearance and compatibility before application to the entire surface. Surfaces to be stained with Safecoat DuroStain should be sound and cleaned or dirt, dust, grease, wax, silicone, soap and oil, and must be completely free of mold, mildew or fungus contamination. Cleaning with an odorless, dye-free, all-purpose cleaner like SafeChoice Super Clean is recommended. Previously painted or sealed surfaces will not accept stain readily. Consequently, stripping of old paint or sealer followed by rinsing and sanding will be required before application of Safecoat DuroStain to achieve maximum penetration from this product. Surface can be dampened with water to assist user in getting an even application. Porous woods with strong grain pattern can be tamed by using thinned (50% with water) application of Safecoat DuroStain Clear. Safecoat DuroStain can be used as a glaze over painted and sealed surfaces.


Always have adequate ventilation. Intermix (boxing) all containers of the same color to ensure uniformity before applying. Before using, stir Safecoat DuroStain well, then apply it evenly without reduction using a high quality nylon or synthetic bristle brush. To adjust intensity of color, best results will be obtained by staining six foot sections (2′ x 3′) of the surface and wiping off excess stain while it is still wet to achieve the desired intensity of color. Always keep a wet edge. Darkness of stain may be increased by high surface porosity, wiping off less stain, or letting the stain dry longer before wiping. A squeegee applicator can be beneficial when coating large flat surfaces like doors. The shade of the stained surface will be affected by the color and type of wood. Reduce if desired for spraying with up to 1/2 pint of water per gallon. Always use a painter’s mask when spraying. Do not apply in direct sunlight. Make sure to wipe off any excess stain which does not penetrate into the wood. Note: these instructions are intended to be general only and not exhaustive. The applicator should determine what preparation and techniques are best suited to the specific surface.

Clean Up

Under normal conditions, Safecoat DuroStain dries to touch in one hour and is re-coatable after two hours. Normal conditions include a dry surface, access to fresh air flow, moderate humidity and temperatures above 55 degrees F. Thick application, high humidity or conditions other than normal will cause Safecoat to dry and cure more slowly. Clean tools and equipment while they are still wet with a solution of SafeChoise Super Clean or SafeChoice Safety Clean and warm water. To recycle or properly dispose of paint in your community call 1-800-CLEANUP (USA only) or visit

Use of Durostain outdoors

may require the addition of a mildewcides or fungicide to prevent attack by spores before the stain cures.

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Weight 4.5

1 Quart, 1 Gallon, 5 Gallon

1 review for AFM Safecoat Transitional Primer for Interior and Exterior use is Very Low VOC

  1. 5 out of 5


    AFM Safecoat paints and primers are one of the only doctor recommended paints on the market. Safe, Sustainable, and Durable. Great alternative product!

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