Fix Smoke Odor and Fire Damage
Joe, the remodeler, is fixing a kitchen. The stove caught on fire and burned the walls, causing smoke odor and fire damage.
- Remove and replace, where necessary, all charred substrate.
- Wash hard surfaces with bleach and water.
- Fabrics need to be dry cleaned.
Best: 84961 Zerolac - White
Best: 80901 BIN Shellac - White
Best: Zinsser Seal Coat - Clear
Depends on substrate. View our interior paints and coatings product selector for more information. Also see our do it yourself tips for painting a living room with an accent wall or painting office walls for top coat suggestions.
Caution! Things to consider
- Make sure the carpet has dried before painting. High humidity can affect dry times.
- Use a respirator when using shellacs.
- Dispose of rags safely.
- Shellac is not an approved vapor barrier system for new construction.
- If there are heavy nicotine stains present, such as a bar or restaurant, a two-step repair is required. First, use an oil based sealer like Z-Prime. Then use Shellac to seal in the fire damage and smoke odor.
- Clear finishes will allow for easier inspections at a later date, especially in attics.
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