Paint Over Smoke Damage on Walls
LESLIE: Linda in Tennessee’s got a situation with the paint in her home. What happened?
LINDA: Yes, I’m trying to cover up some smoke and water damage that the previous owners have had. I’m in the process of totally remodeling everything. I’ve used the latex KILZ; put about five coats on the ceiling and the walls. I’m still having a lot of bleedback.
LESLIE: I think that’s your first problem because you used the latex of the KILZ primer, which is a great product but you’re dealing with something as serious and heavy and as damaging as smoke and water damage. So there’s a lot of adhesion problems and coverage problems that you’re not going to fix with the latex.
TOM: What happens is you get a chemical reaction between the actual stains and the paint and that’s what pulls through. So latex KILZ was the wrong thing to do.
LINDA: What should I get? (chuckling)
LESLIE: Oil based.
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. It’s going to be real stinky and take a while to dry but it’s going to do the best of covering up those stains and that smell.
TOM: The latex KILZ is perfect for dirty walls and things like that but when you have real serious stains you’re always better off using the oil-based KILZ.
Linda, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.