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Painting Over a Smoker’s Room [4 simple steps]

    As an investor whether you are a landlord or rehabber, you will eventually run into an issue of owning a house that has had a heavy smoker in it. This will cause a few issues:

    1. Bad smoke smell throughout the house
    2. Staining that will keep bleeding through a normal paint job

    So how can you address the tar / nicotine on the walls, so that you can either rent it out or sell it to a broader base of prospects, including non-smokers?

    Here are the 4 easy steps that should do the trick:

    1. Wash the walls down with Savogran Trisodium Phosphate (also known as TSP)
    2. Thoroughly wipe down the walls to remove the TSP and tar / nicotine residue
    3. Prime the walls using Kilz Oil Base paint
    4. Paint the walls with normal wall paint

    Hope this helps!

    Rachel Mendoza
    Author: Rachel Mendoza