Painting Over a Smoker's Room [4 easy steps]
Houses with a lot of smoker damage or stains can give your house a cigarette smell that will turn off any potential tenant or buyer. So how do you get rid of that smell?
Just paint the walls like normal? Not if you want to remove that smell and make your paint job look great.
Here are the 4 easy steps to prep and paint your walls for the best results:
1. Wash the walls down with Savogran Trisodium Phosphate (also known as TSP)
2. Thoroughly wipe down the walls to remove the TSP and tar / nicotine residue
3. Prime the walls using Kilz Oil Base paint
4. Paint the walls with normal wall paint
If you know of other tips or tricks please leave it in the comments! We love to hear what others have discovered that works.
Hey everyone, it's Suzanne at FasterFunds Lending. Today, we're walking through a house that's gonna be a rental over in the Ferguson-Florissant School District, and honestly, this house is really cool. It doesn't need a lot of work, it's been very well taken care of. The biggest issues are refinishing the floor and dealing with all the paint.
Have you ever walked into a house and you can instantly smell that smoke smell? That's what we are standing in. It smells really bad. So you kind of look on the walls and see all of the damage that years of smoking has caused to this house. You can see just all the nicotine residue everywhere. You can see over here where they probably had a night stand and someone had something here, but these walls, at some point, were white. Ah, but they are very yellow today.
00:55 I get a lot of questions on, how do you appropriately handle smoke damage in a house, because the worst thing you can do is just try to paint over this. You're not gonna get rid of the smell and your paint isn't gonna look the best.
So, when you're in a heavy space that has a lot of smoke damage, the best thing to do is to put TSP on all the walls. You're gonna wipe it down really good to get that TSP off and then you're gonna use Kilz, which also acts as your primer, and then you can paint. You're on a four-step wall prep to get the walls ready to go.
01:39 Now this room, you're doing all four of those steps because the nicotine damage is so severe, but if you follow me, we're gonna go to this other bedroom that I assume is probably a little kid's or a guest room. There's no smoke damage on this wall. You can see there's was... It was a cream color at some point.
02:03 If you walk in, you can see the closet door looks relatively clean, especially in contrast with the hall door. In a room like this, you could opt to just wipe the walls down and then use Kilz and then paint it. Some people might choose, since there's smoke damage honestly, in every part of this house minus this one room, you might just wanna use the same four-step process throughout.
But if you wanted to save yourself some time in this room, because there's really no significant smoke damage in here, you could just wipe the walls down, use Kilz, and then paint it. That's your tip of the day. We post these periodically on Facebook, so if you haven't already, make sure to like us. Thank you for listening!
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