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Old 06-06-2013, 03:39 PM   #16
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Wow, you guys and gals have been putting up with me for 5 years now. You deserve a reward.

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I would use Dirtex or Krud Cutter rather than one of those "magic" erasers
Ended up using Simple Green and a rag. Did a better job than the magic eraser and didn't pull apart. It still looks like crap and will need to be repainted, but I'm in no rush to do it. The whole room will have to be redone. No more karosene heaters for us!
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I do not dislike magic erasers as much as many and they have their place. They are abrasive though so if you use them on a gloss surface, they will dull it. I believe they are a melamine foam abrasive in fact.

I think you are best to first vacuum all you can. Then use one of the products mentioned to clean what will come off. Finally, I would use BIN but others have had luck covering smoker homes with Zinsser Cover Stain. As mentioned, BIN is alcohol based and cover stain is mineral spirits or whatever based.

Zinsser also makes its waterbased 123 as 123+ now. The plus has a stain blocker in it. Whether it would work over soot I doubt though.

Sorry, but maybe I would use the original solvent based KILZ if stranded on a desert island and it was all their was. I don't think much of the stuff. The waterbased is worthless.
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I'm not going to repaint them anytime soon. I didn't have a vacuum attachment that would reach that high so I just took a clean dry cloth and wiped the crown before attacking it with the Simple Green and eraser. Did okay and didn't seem to dull the finish, it's just really hard to get it all off without it looking like utter crap. Plus there are some areas where the caulk (??) has turned gray and it looks awful. We'll eventually repaint the entire room again but we have other more important projects going on at the moment.

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