11:30AM | 09/28/03
Member Since: 09/27/03
2 lifetime posts
I am buying a house that was owned by some heavy smokers. The walls are yellow...some more than others. I was originally planning on washing the walls with Dirtex(like TSP) and then painting them. Then was told on another forum that I also have to prime all of them to seal in the nicotine stains. I was planning on painting the entire house (ceilings too) before I moved in since it would be easier without the furniture. But I have only days to work on the house before we move in. If I have to wash all of the walls, prime them all, and paint them all...I don't think that is going to happen in 10 days!! So my questions are:

Do I need to prime? If I do, do I have to wash too...or can I skip that step? Also, I am using Dutchboy for the topcoat. Does this matter when choosing a primer. If I have to use a primer I was thinking about Zinnsler's BIN primer.

Please help...I am getting so depressed about this house.



12:23PM | 09/28/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
You do not need to wash the walls,Zinser is a good stain hiding primer,and Dutch Boy is a nice paint choice.You shouldn't have any problems.
If you have any kind of waxy build-up then you'd want to wash the walls.


03:43PM | 09/29/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
The primer you want to use is Cover Stain by Zinsser as it hold to nicotine better than the BIN. If the nicotine is very heavy you may want to wash it or you may have to apply 2 coats of primer to seal it in. The finish paint you use does not matter but be sure to buy the premium line as it will be the best valuefor your money.


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