Smoke Damaged Walls

What is the best way to paint over walls with cigarette smoke and grease stains?

Devin Asks:

What is the best way to paint over walls with cigarette smoke and grease stains?

Dukes Painting’s professional opinion:

This is a tough problem, and one that we deal with all the time. Smoke and grease stains are sinister because they soak into the paint and the substrate. Simply painting over stains like this will do nothing but frustrate you. The stains will seep right back through your new paint. There is a solution, however.

Before you paint you must use a stain blocking primer.  Our favorite is Kilz original.  The oil based version.  There are several versions of this product and they each work a little differently.  If you want a one coat fix to this problem you must use Kilz Original, or Kilz Odorless.

There are a couple of downsides to this product that you need to be aware of.

1. It is oil based.  Do not spill Kilz or get roller splatter on your floor. It is a pain to get off.

2. You must wear a respirator for application.  And get some airflow as well.  If you breath the fumes from this product it will make you sick. At first you will feel like you just getting drunk but very quickly the headache will set in.  And then your whole day is ruined.  Trust me.

Well there you have it.  If you have grease stains from the kitchen or smoke stains from years of cigarettes. Just slap on a coat of Kilz before you paint and your problem will be solved.

 

The one tool every painter should carry

When I was first learning how to paint I had a foreman that was a little bit on the crazy side. He had a lot of rules. If you broke those rules the punishments were steep. For example, if he caught you painting without a drop cloth, you were instantly fired. I saw it happen to a couple of my co-workers. Or shall we say, former co-workers.

Another rule, and the one that this article is about, is that we always had to carry our 5-in-1 tool. “A good painter always has his 5-in-1,” he would say. And we always did. And for good reason. A 5-in-1 is sometimes known as a painters tool. and it is the one tool every painter should carry with them at all time.

Scraping

It has innumerable uses. Not just the 5 that the name suggests. Its primary use is for scraping. It is excellent at it. The pointy end is great for getting into those tight spots. Most of the time this is the only tool we will use for scraping a house. with practice it is faster than those two handed scraping tools.

Opening cans

The second most useful thing this tool can do is to open paint cans. Much faster than a screwdriver. It is definitely better than bending up your car keys trying to open that stubborn one gallon can.

Cleaning rollers

A lot of people don’t know what the curved, half circle bit on the side of the blade is all about. It is for cleaning out your paint roller. Use it to scrape all the excess paint from your roller back into the can!

Much more

Additional uses include hammering nails, setting popped nails, gouging cracks, killing bugs, removing screws and outlet covers, cutting string, unstick windows, and scratching your butt. Make your life easier on your next painting project and pick up a 5-in-1 tool.

Man with Roller Blue Wall

Will two coats affect the color my painted walls?

Ashley Asks:

I am painting my walls from a dark blue to a very light lavender. I have completely and evenly primed my walls with a white primer first. If I use two coats of paint, how much will the color change? I’m worried it will come out darker and/or richer, and I don’t want either of these. How likely is it that I can get away with one coat? The brand is Glidden, if that helps.

Dukes Painting’s professional opinion:

Ashley, It is very unlikely that you will get complete coverage over white primer in just one coat, no matter which paint brand you are using. You shouldn’t worry about color change with two coats of paint. Adding layers of the same paint won’t affect the color or richness of the final product. It will only affect the coverage. Two coats is desirable in most cases.

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