09:10PM | 02/25/04
Member Since: 02/24/04
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I had a kichen fire. The cooking oil cought on fire and the whole kichen is covered with a black oily stuff. I can't remove it to prime the walls. I tried from paint thinner to alcohol and even steam. Nothing helps. Does anybody have some idea what to do?



09:23AM | 02/26/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
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What kind of walls are they (wood,drywall)?


10:25AM | 02/26/04
Member Since: 02/24/04
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It is dry-wall and cover with semi gloss paint.


07:00PM | 02/26/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
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Try a little lacqueror thinner alot more potent than paint thinner.Or a product called goof-off,but a concern might be that goof-off is made to take paint off so it might rub thru to the paint.

What is your objective (not having to repaint?)

Im pretty sure that you will need to reprime and repaint.If this is the case I would sand it with a 120 grit sandpaper.Your not going to sand it off just etching the surface to help get a nice hold for the primer.You dont have to sand but it is a really good idea.Just running your sandpaper down the wall and back a few times covering the whole area though will be sufficent.


01:46AM | 02/27/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
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I would wash the walls with very warm water and TSP to remove the oily film as if you don't remove it the paint will not stick. The lacquer thinner will remove the paint on your walls and is a very dangerous to use inside because of very strong chance of a fire if you have a spark of any kind in your house. Once you get the walls clean you will need to prime them with a pigmented shellac such as Zinsser BIN. Then you can apply the finish paint of your choice.


01:45PM | 02/27/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
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Lacq thinner,won't cause a fire unless you are going to use it on an open flame it is less volitile than gas.Also lacq thinner drys in about 10 seconds after being applied to items.

Tsp will work to get rid of oil residue on wall,but I would still sand afterwards no matter how you go about doing this, it shouldn't take you more than 15 minutes at mos to sand entire kitchen.

It will be like insurance backing you up,I would rather spend 15 minutes of sanding than having to sand it all down and reprime and repaint just in case you miss or dont get all the residue off the sanding would back you up giving a nice etched surface to stick to.

But then again we only do about 10 fire insurance jobs a year.


10:54AM | 03/02/04
Member Since: 02/24/04
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Thank you for the reply.

TSP does not work. The heat melted the the pain a bit and the oily smoke just sticks to it soo well. I think I have to sand the walls and the ceiling.

Thanks again.


02:01AM | 03/04/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
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It is not necessary to remove the oily soot before priming.

Priming is done directly over the soot and is the recommended and standard practice done by fire restoration specialists.

You do need to use a stain killing primer, shellac or oil based, such as Kilz.

Otherwise no additional preparation is required.

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