14 responses

  1. yamybike
    February 15, 2010

    grab a spirit based stain sealer preferable one that washes up in methylated spirits. paint that over the stain then finish off with any water borne product and you won’t have a problem.
    Paint Expert

  2. gummi bear
    February 15, 2010

    ewwwww… clean those nasty stains first man!

  3. Pennywis
    February 15, 2010

    quit smoking first, then primer, then paint a darker color

  4. ceaceago
    February 15, 2010

    The walls and ceiling need to be washed. Use TSP (trisodium phosphate). If you can’t use phosphate there are phospahate free TSP. Ware rubber gloves and saftey glasses. And follow the instructions. You can use a rag and or a sponge mop for the high areas. It is a lot of work but the resuilts will be worth it.
    As for the primer I use PrepRite ProBlock from Sherwin Williams. And it is Latex.
    Remember that prep is 90% of the job.

  5. sexybrei
    February 15, 2010

    Use an Oil based Kilz primer… it stinks to high heaven! so make sure you have a window open! But it works GREAT!

  6. Joe K
    February 16, 2010

    I prefer KILZ. That seems to cover just about any stain.

  7. Dino4747
    February 16, 2010

    There is a product called “Kilz” which will cover stains and prevent them from bleeding through.

  8. artybmor
    February 16, 2010

    Zissner primer, covers all stains and is mildew resistant, and it gives better paint coverage (only 1 coat)

  9. foy_d
    February 16, 2010

    Kilz latex (water based) with this, you don’t have to clean the walls. If you try to just paint over, it won’t work.

  10. GRUMPY1L
    February 16, 2010

    Killz or B.I.N. primer at the paint store.

  11. Trudi D
    February 16, 2010

    Ive always used sugar soap. Always does the trick.

  12. Jeri
    February 16, 2010

    Use a primer first. If you are going to paint your walls white, it will take several coats. It would be best if you could find a darker color to go over your primer otherwise the stains tend to seep through.

  13. Tweek
    February 16, 2010

    Nicotine stains still have a way to bleed through even primer unless you want to give the wall(s) several coats. Your first bet is to wash the walls. You would be surprised at what comes off. You can use something such as Oxi-Clean which is what I use. This way you do not have to worry about drips on anything. Bleach will whiten the walls somewhat but in trying that, it wasn’t worth the worry of dripping on something and discoloring it. Oxi-Clean works well. I use a swifter mop and an old washcloth instead of the refill cloths. In no time you will see the difference. You could then use either primer or just paint depending on your walls and existing paint.

  14. Lov’n IT!
    February 16, 2010

    Before you paint walls you should always clean them. Then best way to clean walls is using a mixture of bleach and water. After the walls are clean you may not want to paint, but you can now prime and paint.

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