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.
Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon