How to Paint a Nicotine Stained Room

Written by monica sethi datta
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Nicotine stained walls are yellow and aesthetically unappealing. Removing nicotine from your walls can be difficult and sometimes impossible. However, by following a few cleaning tips and painting instructions you can give your walls a whole new look and have your nicotine stained walls be a thing of the past.

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Things you need

  • Water
  • Trisodium phosphate (TSP)
  • Sponge mop
  • Krud Kutter cleanser
  • Stain block paint
  • Paint roller
  • Paint brush
  • Paint stirrer

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    How to Paint a Nicotine Stained Room

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    Clean your walls with a solution of hot water and trisodium phosphate (TSP). Use a sponge mop and scrub in a circular motion. You can also try a product like Krud Kutter to cleanse away the greasy nicotine stains. After cleaning, let the walls dry completely.

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    Paint the room using a stain blocker primer. Since nicotine stains are greasy and water soluble, meaning that they will "bleed" through subsequent coats of paint, you must use a stain blocker primer to prevent any remaining nicotine stains from leaking through. Oil-based and shellac stain blockers are recommended to use on water soluble stains.

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    Allow for good ventilation when applying the stain blocker and let it dry completely. Usually, one application of primer is sufficient.

  4. 4

    Paint your wall with either a latex or oil-based paint of your desired colour.

  5. 5

    Apply another coat of paint if necessary. Let it dry completely.

Tips and warnings

  • Provide good ventilation when painting to rid the house of fumes.

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