How To Paint Over Smoke Damaged Walls

An event that is as significant as a fire can lead to smoke damage on walls. Or it could be as simple as lighting a small candle. It causes ugly black marks on walls and ceilings and can also cause discolouration. The problem can be temporarily fixed by painting the wall over the smoke, but not properly cleaning or preparing them. The discolouration eventually seeps into the walls and marred them. You can paint smoke damaged walls with two steps.

To determine if there are any underlying issues from fire damage, examine the walls.

One gallon of hot water is enough to dissolve a tablespoonful of TSP. Rubber gloves and goggles are recommended as the TSP may irritate skin and eyes.

  • An event that is as dramatic and significant as a fire can cause smoke-damaged walls. Or, it could be as simple as lighting a candle.
  • Rubber gloves and goggles are recommended for this step as the TSP may irritate skin and eyes.

Clean the smoke damage area with a large sponge. To ensure that you cover the entire area, clean it in small sections. Don’t get water too close to the walls. This could cause damage to drywall and encourage mould growth. You will have to get rid of wallpaper covering walls. Also, porous surfaces such stucco and plaster may have to be removed.

  • Clean the smoke damage with a large sponge.
  • You should not allow water to get into your drywall.

The primer is an oil-based stain blocking primer that seals the walls and provides a base for fresh paint.

To check if there is smoke on the primer, examine the walls. Apply a second coat of primer if smoke is visible.

Let dry the primer for four hours. Apply paint to the area and check for bleeding. Apply another coat of primer to the area to check for smoke damage. Let it dry overnight and then apply paint again. You can paint two to three layers of thin paint for a professional look.

Light smoke damage and semiglossy or satin walls can be cleaned with a vinegar-and water solution. You will have to repair or replace some areas of the wall if charring is present. Scrape off any paint that has blistered and then sand the area until smooth. Cover any indentations or imperfections with spackle. It is possible that the smoke smell from your walls has spread to other surfaces. You should also clean any other surfaces, including countertops, cabinets and windows.

Avoid regular household cleaners and water. These will reduce the smoke damage, and may cause it to sink further into the wall. TSP should not be used in excess as it may cause the paint to become dull or discolored. Use water to clean your walls after you have used the TSP. Proper ventilation is important as the primer smell can be overwhelming.