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Painting Wallpaper Stained With Nicotine

Can wallpaper be covered with paint and not be effected by the underlying nicotine? Is there any undercoat that can be used?

By K Hassett

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March 24, 20154 found this helpful
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You'll need to prep the surface first by using a 1-1 ratio solution of vinegar and water - use a wrung out sponge and figure on at least three sessions of cleaning. Cleans, degreases, and deodorises, now that's win-win-win!

No need to rinse, and the strong vinegar odour will dissipate within an hour or so - you may want to have a fan or open window to ventilate whilst cleaning but the fumes won't kill you if you choose to do this without ventilation. Wait at least 48 hours before trying to apply paint, more if your room is humid or cold or both.

The vinegar and water wash will remove the nicotine and a good bit if not all the stain. Use Kilz or a similar product because really, Kilz is like a gold-clad guarantee, but really you shouldn't need it because the vinegar and water will remove any film and grease or other problem that might cause bleed-through.

I learned this after being a smoker for years, and also as a landlady. Works a treat and I've never known it to fail.

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February 27, 20170 found this helpful

Do not stay in a room where your have used KILZ. Read the package instructions. Tried that once, never again!

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March 23, 20150 found this helpful

Try using Kilz2 mixed with your paint. It should get rid of the smell and the stain. Hope this helps.

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March 24, 20150 found this helpful

I tried searching online for suggestions re "how to paint over nicotine stained wallpaper" and received many suggestions, including taking down all the wallpaper first. The site below specifically addresses the wallpaper and what to do before you even get to the point of painting it.

http://www.mybu  tained-wallpaper

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