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Old 01-27-2009, 09:52 AM   #1
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water stain

I had a shower leak down to my basement and the ceiling which is some sheet rock and some drop down tiles are stained.

The paint looks to be flat latex. Will KILZ do the trick and will water based cover the stains?


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Old 01-27-2009, 10:34 AM   #2
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No, you need oil or shellac on water stains. The oil based original Kilz would probably do OK for you, but my first choice is Zinsser Cover Stain. If it's a small area, you can even buy it in spray cans.

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Any oil-base primer should seal those stains just fine. (Water-base primer will not seal stains caused by water itself.) Note that the primer probably won't hide the stains, but it will keep them from bleeding through whatever topcoat you apply.

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You'll need a solvent-based stain blocker (oil/alkyd/shellac/alcohol)
Original Kilz (oil-based) should do the trick
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