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Old 03-21-2011, 04:56 PM   #1
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I have been asked to paint a textured ceiling which is HEAVILY nicotine stained. The problem is that the ceilings have been painted twice with a latex paint and the stain obviously has bled through. I figured a couple coats of Zinsser oil base followed by a latex flat should do the trick but I wondered if anybody knew of a primer, equal in stain blocking power but without the heavy, eye burning, sinus clearing, I'm getting high smell.

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Old 03-21-2011, 05:19 PM   #2
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just suck it up and do it right ,zinsser oil cover stain . open a window and vent it outside with fan. for nicotine its the only way . the big boxes sell it for about 22 dollars. you can use a old brush and roller cover and pitch when done .dont rush dry times then 1 or 2 coats of latex. p/s one good coat of cover stain properly applied will be fine .


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If you had caught it before it had been painted, I would tell you to wash it with a TSP solution, rinse and then use Zinnser's B-I-N. That is what we did in the foreclosed house we bought that had been smoked in pretty heavily. Can't even get a whiff of smoke anymore. It was a lot of work washing all the walls, ceilings, and trim, and then having to prime and paint them but it worked fantastic.
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I have always used Sherwin Williams Pro Block over nicotine and other interior stains. I've never had a problem using this primer to block stains. I know some will say different, as they are use to using oil and shellac for stains, but there are some great latex stain blockers on the market.
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heres a 20 yr old nicotine ceiling that i had to freshin up for rental ...............in the first pic you'll see what 1 coat of Zinseer Cover Stain can do ...........the 2nd pic is 1 coat of M.A.B Wall Sheild .........2 coat process and it was a done deal






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I have always used Sherwin Williams Pro Block over nicotine and other interior stains. I've never had a problem using this primer to block stains..

i used pro block a few times and it does kick ass.....and its LATEX......only latex primer ill use
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i used pro block a few times and it does kick ass.....and its LATEX......only latex primer ill use
It is virtually the only primer I use for interior. Unless I was going to paint plaster or a wall that previously had wallpaper on it. I can use problock primer on a ceiling followed by one coat of promar 200 flat and the ceiling will look great.
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Thanks all..I will check on the ProBlock tomorrow.
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BIN is the only thing that will guarantee blocking nicotine stain
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