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Old 08-19-2012, 04:03 PM  
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Default How do you clean and then paint walls covered in smoke?

We have an apartment we need to re-paint. It's a garage apartment and the previous owner's son sat in it for years smoking all day long.

So we need to scrub the walls I assume with some solution and then repaint.

What solution would you use to clean/deodorize the drywall walls?

After that just paint with normal paint or should we apply something like Kilz.


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For heavy nicotine build up I like to wash with TSP and rinse thoroughly. Then prime with Bin or Cover Stain. Kilz is ok, but not the best. Don't skip the priming. That smoke has permanently absorbed into the paint and will bleed through 20 coats of latex paint.


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Imagine what it is doing to your lungs........
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TSP being Trisodium phosphate?

Is there a TSP brand name you can buy at Lowes or Home Depot?
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I agree with Paul. Wash with TSP (which is available at lowes and is labeled TSP) then prime with BIN, sand and topcoat.
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10-4. Appreciate the advice very much! Now the fun part of scrubbing down smoke caked walls.
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A floor mop makes quick work of tar covered walls. Just remember, TSP is a bit caustic and is not good on the skin, so wear gloves!
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A floor mop makes quick work of tar covered walls. Just remember, TSP is a bit caustic and is not good on the skin, so wear gloves!
Reminds me of my first day washing with TSP back in the day. My hands turned beet read by the end of that day. I think the top layer of my skin was removed.
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I am lucky that my hands seem to be able to handle more then most. I never wear gloves at work.

I can do concrete all day with no gloves and I can also use TSP all day and it actually makes my hands feel better. Maybe I just have so many callouses that it actually helps.
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So it seems that BIN must be infused with gold dust, $40 a gallon!


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