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Zinsser primers question

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So in our nicotine-infested house we've been priming everything with BIN, Coverstain, and 1-2-3. We had to use BIN in most of the main living areas. We painted a 2'x2' square of the 123 on all the walls and ceilings left (bedrooms) to see if any brown/orange was bleeding through and a couple of the bedrooms were fine. In those rooms, we went ahead and used the 123 on ceilings and walls and then painted. The ceiling is painted in an off-white SW ceiling paint, and after 2 coats the 2x2 spot (essentially, the spot primed twice) is still showing very clearly through the paint. What did we do wrong?

If that was confusing: spot showing= 2 coats of 123, 2 coats of SW ceiling paint. Rest of the ceiling, 1 coat of 123, 2 coats of paint.

The guy at SW said it would be fine with 1 coat of ceiling paint, since we were priming it first. (and I had explained to him the whole 2x2 sections of primer all over, too) :huh:
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I would have thought that the full coat of 123 would even it out too- what is happening is because the spot is more sealed than the rest, it is "flashing".
How light hits ceilings can amplify the issue.

Did you just paint it? ( like today) ..
Because it is more sealed, it will take longer to dry.

Was the ceiling paint a super flat or does it have some sheen?

Ceilings can be buggers...
Are you still draped off? if you are, give the spot another shot of the flat- feather out so not hard edges-
Otherwise give it at least overnight .
Just the spot. But first- on second thought.. just give it a bit more time. Put a fan on it might speed things along. If the flat is truly flat it might come around.
You did the right things. But sometimes the right things aren't enough. Then you gotta get tactical on its a$$.
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