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How to Prime a Ceiling Water Stain

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    LESLIE: Larita in Kansas has some leak stains on the ceiling that needs fixing. Tell us about it.

    LARITA: Well, we previously had a leak in our ceiling. And so – but it’s been fixed and so water doesn’t come down anymore. But we still have that big, yellow spot on the ceiling where the leak was. And we painted over it with just white – you know, regular white paint, but …

    LESLIE: Mm-hmm. And it showed right through.

    TOM: And it came right through, didn’t it?

    LARITA: Yes, it came right through. And I wondering is there anything we can do to fix that?

    LESLIE: Oh, absolutely. The one step that you skipped which would have totally saved you from having to do it again is priming the surface. When you prime it, it’s a different type of adhesion value so it’s really going to cover that stain and not allow that stain to penetrate through. So you want to prime the whole ceiling and then go ahead and put your topcoat over it.

    LARITA: So just a regular – a regular paint and then another coat? Or …

    TOM: No. No, no. A primer. See …


    TOM: … there’s different type of paints, you know? If you use the regular ceiling paint, that doesn’t have any – ceiling paint; c-e – doesn’t have any sealing, s-e, qualities. (Leslie chuckles)

    LARITA: OK, so when I go in I’ll ask for primer.

    LESLIE: A primer.

    TOM: Right, primer.


    TOM: Exactly.

    LARITA: Then I’ll just paint over it again with the regular paint.

    LESLIE: Mm-hmm. You want like a Zinsser or a KILZ. Those are good primers.

    LARITA: OK. Alright. Thank you very much then for you help.

    TOM: You’re welcome, Larita. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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