Many amateur do-it-yourselfers struggle to cover smoke damage no matter how many coats of paint they apply. No type of paint is capable of blocking smoke damage. Even most heavy-duty primers fail to permanently seal smoke stains. If you want to apply paint to fire and smoke damage, seal the surface with a special type of stain-blocking primer before application. This oil-based primer is capable of permanently sealing smoke damage and is formulated for compatibility with water-based latex topcoats.
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Things you need
- Professional painter's tape
- Heavy-duty fabric dust sheets
- Kilz oil-based stain-blocking primer
- Roller frame
- 2 nap roller covers
- Roller extension pole
- 2- to 4-inch oil-based paintbrush
- Latex paint
- 2- to 4-inch latex paintbrush
Cover all areas you do not want painted with painter's tape. Protect flooring with fabric dust sheets.
Apply Kilz oil-based primer to the smoke damage, using a roller frame and nap cover. Apply Kilz to areas inaccessible to the roller with a paintbrush manufactured for use with oil-based coatings. Wait four hours for the primed areas to dry.
Wash Kilz from the painting tools with white spirit.
Apply latex paint to the primed areas, using the clean roller, equipped with a new nap cover. Apply paint to areas inaccessible to the roller, using a paintbrush manufactured for use with water-based coatings. Wait two hours for the primed areas to dry. Add another coat if you have poor coverage.
Wash paint from the painting tools with plain tap water.
Tips and warnings
- Kilz oil-based stain blocking primer is formulated for compatibility with water-based latex topcoats. If you choose a different brand of stain-blocking primer, read the label to ensure it possesses this quality.
- Never apply paint directly over smoke damage, or the stain will bleed through.
- Do not use a standard acrylic latex or oil-based primer to cover smoke damage, or the stain will bleed through.
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