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Old 08-01-2012, 10:13 PM   #1
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We had a blow back from our furnace a year ago that we thought was not "so bad"..cleaned up the furnace room that was black,,, thinking wwe had contained the problem....now months later we are seeing the results of soot settled everywhere..(if we knew it was so bad we would have contacted ins. co.) now we are looking at repainting almost all rooms involved....where do we begin? do we need to prime 1st? Can we use a paint with primer in it? Do we have to wsh every wall down 1st? we have already done most we saw affected as it seemed "to show up"...HELP
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If you have sooty walls then washing is important. If you use the correct cleaner and the walls are in good shape paint-wise other than the soot, priming shouldn't be needed.
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The walls are basically virgin..one coat downstairs (our main concern) we have re-painted once upstairs with semi-gloss over flat..which maybe was advantagious for washing the soot as it appeared ...never thought the blow back would be so bad months later'
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Yes, semigloss is advantageous for cleaning the soot for sure, however cured semigloss is not advantageous for paint adherence. After cleaning give it a light sanding to scuff the surface for better paint adherence for your paint coat. You can use a vibrating pad sander or even a hand pad sander. Sounds like a chore but actually goes fairly quickly. You can also put a hand pad sander on an extension pole.
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Thank you very much for the advice...Big chore ahead for sure! Took me years to paint when we 1st moved in over flat paint ,,to semi-gloss...now not so sure i made the right choice...but thank you for your advice _(computer will not let me delete these letters!!! -tj)
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It's a little unusual to paint walls semi-gloss. Sometimes people will do it in a room like a washroom, but that's a tiny room. I'm not aware of many rooms in general being painted in semi-gloss. It's mostly eggshell or satin, if not flat.
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Well the house was painted in flat paint when we moved in and showed every hand smudge from the kids,etc...we went with semi-gloss for washable purposes...kept the color basically the same (antique white) just in a more "freindly cleaning" option.
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Well the house was painted in flat paint when we moved in and showed every hand smudge from the kids,etc...we went with semi-gloss for washable purposes...kept the color basically the same (antique white) just in a more "freindly cleaning" option.

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I think if you have soot damage you have to see how much will actually wash off. I have used Purple Power from the auto store with good results. Dirtex from the paint store should work. Make sure you rinse thoroughly.

I know soot is not like cigarette smoke but if traces remain you may need to prime with something like BIN or it could bleed through. Or the remaining smell could. Use with adequate ventilation. Turn your HVAC system off when priming with it or block any nearby air intakes.

I have mixed feelings about duct cleaning but in this instance you may have to find someone not too sharklike to clean your vents and system if it got into the HVAC. You might get a decent deal and someone actually doing something off season.

Just food for thought. I got so I could hire cleaning companies to come in and do a lot of the cleaning type painting prep work cheaper than I could offer clients and they had nifty equipment, all the cleaners, etc. You might see what a service would cost so you could be done with that part of things in one pass.

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