It pains us a little to say this but, yes, we agree that wood paint can sometimes be bothersome because of its strong paint smell. This can be especially true if you’re working indoors or in a room with little ventilation. So, this is why we’re also pleased to tell you about Boysen WoodPrime.

As in the name, Boysen WoodPrime is a water-based primer for wood. Yes, water-based! So, it’s low odor. Then after priming, you can also use a water-based topcoat like Boysen Permacoat Latex or Boysen Healthy Home. Read on to know more.

Boysen WoodPrime

What It Is

Low Odor

Boysen WoodPrime is an acrylic water-based primer for interior wooden surfaces such as trims, moldings, and baseboards. Being water-based, it’s low in odor compared to solvent-based wood paint products like Boysen Flat Wall Enamel or Boysen Quick Drying Enamel. This also means any messes and spills can be cleaned up with water. And for your tools, you’ll only need soap and water too—no need for thinner.

Tannin-stain Resistant

If you’re worried about tannin stains on your wood, Boysen WoodPrime also has you covered. It’s formulated to have reliable tannin-stain resistance. (New to wood painting? Learn about tannin stains on wood here.) Upon initial application, a tannin stain may still occur for some species of wood but that’s okay. Reapply after 24 hours and this will stop the tannin from transferring to the topcoat.

For Low-touch Surfaces

Just a heads up, because this is a water-based primer (and you’ll also be using latex paint as a topcoat), it’s best to only apply Boysen WoodPrime on low-touch surfaces. It may not stand up well to high-touch surfaces like furniture and fixtures—a.k.a. kitchen cabinets, cupboards, and shelves.

Avoid the Strong Wood Paint Smell with Boysen WoodPrime | MyBoysen

Applying Boysen WoodPrime

First, prep your wooden surface. If it’s unpainted, sand then wipe away the dust. If you’re repainting, check the condition of the existing paint first. If it’s in good condition, lightly sand. If it’s in bad shape, scrape to bare then sand until smooth.

Once this is done, you can move on to your primer, Boysen WoodPrime. Stir the container then apply it to your prepped wooden surface. If tannin stains appear, reapply after 24 hours. Then wait for another 24 hours before using Boysen Masonry Putty B-7311 to fill hairline cracks and surface imperfections. After 2 hours, apply a water-based topcoat of your choice.

Topcoats You Can Use

Now that you’ve got your primer, it’s time to pick your topcoat. Boysen has several top-choice water-based paints namely Boysen Permacoat Latex, Boysen Healthy Home, and Virtuoso Silk Touch. You’ll be able to find readily available colors for these.

Boysen Topcoats

If you need more color options, you can head to a Boysen Mix and Match station to pick from hundreds of paint colors and have a batch mixed on the spot. Find a list of locations here.

You can also look through the Boysen app if you prefer to browse before you head to a Boysen Mix and Match station. Just remember to see the actual swatch once you’re at the store as digital renditions can differ from their physical counterparts.

Got questions? Send an email to or call (02) 8363-9738 local 413 to 418 during office hours for a one-on-one consultation.


Jill is a writer on a continuous journey to learn about paint and share them with you, the reader. She has an interest in the technical side of things but also thoroughly enjoys playing with colors. She likes calm greens, quiet blues, and mellow yellows best.


    • BOYSEN Quick Drying Enamel was formulated to be used as the topcoat. When applied on wood, its recommended primer is BOYSEN Flatwall Enamel. Since BOYSEN Quick Drying Enamel is already the topcoat, there are no other products that can or should be applied on top of it. Click here for product details, instructions and colors available under BOYSEN Quick Drying Enamel:

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