It’s 7:00 pm, the house is spotless, the table is set, and dinner is almost ready. Your guests are due to arrive in thirty minutes, you make one last check and everything looks perfect. You start towards the kitchen for your final preparations and you see it. Those ceiling stains your husband repainted two weeks ago is back and just as embarrassing as ever.

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It doesn’t matter if you are a homeowner or you have a home renovation business it seems that no matter what you try, covering those pesky stains on your walls and ceilings is next to impossible. Well, you are not alone, a lot of ordinary people and professionals alike are faced with this reoccurring and potentially expensive problem. Painting by itself rarely ever works, the stain always seems to make its way back you are faced with repainting several times only to end up with minimal results at best. So what do you do? Make an informed choice.

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Covering your ceiling stains

Cover Ceiling Stains with Primer     
Zinnser Primer to Cover Ceiling Stains

The market is filled with primers/stain blockers that all promise to get rid of that unsightly stain for you, but which ones really work? How can you be sure? The answer is simple, oil based. Oil-based primers/stain blockers are going to offer you the best results for covering up all those ugly, unsightly and embarrassing stains the first time around.

Primers can be any painters lifesaver. They provide a clean smooth uniform surface and stick to almost any surface you are prepping for paint.

Cover Ceiling Stains with Stain Blockers

Stain-blocking primers can be water or oil based. The oil-based type can have an unpleasant odor and like all oil-based products require a paint thinner for clean up. A good quality oil based primer such as KILZ is an excellent choice for covering existing water damage, nicotine, and smoke. Water-based stain blocking primers are not recommended for problems like water damage. Instead, water-based primers are primarily used for ink, crayon, and scuff marks in general. Water-based primers are virtually odorless and offer ease of clean up with only water needed.

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When using primers its always a good idea to keep in mind the final result intended. If your final finish is white or a light color then your probably okay to use the product straight from the container. However if the final finish is a darker color you should use a tinted primer, you can ask your supplier to do this for you. Typically after you have applied the primer you should apply your finish coat within 48 hours as most primers are designed to chemically bond with paint. If you miss the allotted time frame to apply your finish coat you will need to reapply another coat of primer. As always though you should check the manufactures specific detailed instructions.

On a final note if the water damage you have is so severe that the cover material needs replaced completely it is always recommended.

Before you paint any new surface to use a good quality primer first.

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