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Old 03-01-2013, 02:25 PM   #1
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We have an apartment building where one of the units had a grease fire a few months back. It's been "thoroughly cleaned" by a professional remediation company, although there is still quite a bit of black soot "stuck" to the walls. The rep from the remediation company told me that it's perfectly acceptable, and the primer will take care of it completely. They've suggested using Kilz Original (red & white can) for priming. Now, the more I read here, I wonder if I should be using something else, like a shellac, Zinseer, etc...??? Odor is concern, as there a number of other tenants in the building, but I do have access to a large air scrubber that I can vent to the exterior, but obviously I'd rather not have the odor too offensive if possible. I do have an account at the local Sherwin-William's as well, so that's certainly an option as well. Thoughts appreciated.........

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Topic has been covered countless times and the usual answer is Pigmented Shellac- BIN.
Use the search funtion on the bar above and look for BIN- you'll find out much more.

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Zinsser BIN primer.It's a shellac,alcohol base.The smell is bad but it dries fast and the odor dissipates quickly.It is the best product for sealing smoke that I know of.
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The odor of BIN shellac is far less objectionable than that of Kilz. Why do think they call it Kilz? And as Cdaniels says, it dissipates much quicker. Plus BIN is the industry standard for smoke odor elimination.
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Thank's guy's, BIN it is...........
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