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Old 02-02-2011, 09:15 PM   #1
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The upstairs bathroom recently suffered a bad leak and caused water to leak through the living room ceiling. The leak was fixed but now water stains still remain on the ceiling. Is it just a paint job or is there more too it?

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Old 02-02-2011, 09:23 PM   #2
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Sounds like a prime (only an oil base stain blocking primer will work) and paint situation.
Primer- Oil based Kilz. Then, top coat of choice (two coats).
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:07 PM   #3
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you can spot prime zinsser cover stain then paint a ceiling flat . now here's the catch depending on your ceiling texture ,or the porosity of paint on ceiling you may get whats called shinners . the new paint lays up beautifully on spot where you prime an sucks in on the rest of ceiling .unless this is just a few small spots i would prime whole ceiling with zinsser cover stain oil then paint and it will be perfect ps. if it not bad try scrubbing it and roll some ceiling paint and see if it covers
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how much water leaked??? ................ might want to cut holes up there and dry it more to prevent mold .............ive seen repaired walls that werent dried out correctly and guess what??? more problems down the road..............
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Sounds like a prime (only an oil base stain blocking primer will work) and paint situation.
Primer- Oil based Kilz. Then, top coat of choice (two coats).
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you are my arch enemy when it comes to primer lol .............you love kilz and im a cover stain fan.......... we need to have a primer show down, battle of the primers
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I agree with Ole and ltd on two points. Punch some holes for ventilation and allow a couple of weeks to dry out, AND, use cover stain, a far superior primer. In addition to stain sealing, it's a bonding primer. Kilz is not. Why get one benefit when you can get two. They call it Kilz because the smell kilz you. If the water stain is real dark, it might take two coats. I've found that since the govt has forced the removal of VOC's, the effectiveness of all paints has decreased. Or, try lightening the stain with a little bleach and water with a clean rinse. I've seen bleach/water completely remove some stains. Ltd, I agree with you on the shiners. Though I haven't seen any for some time, I live under the fear of them still. I think maybe they resolved that issue. Most times now though I prime the stain prior to patching.
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BIN for the win

The good news is BIN, Coverstain and Kilz all come in spray cans which is all you need for just a small prime job. I think any of those would be fine. That will save you a brush, roller, pan and maybe a bucket. Also a lot les chance of getting it all over you and your clothes.
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The leak was completely dried out, primed and painted. Looks good as new! Thank you so much everybody!

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