How to paint over fire and smoke damage (water-based method)

What you will need:

This method of painting over fire and smoke damaged interior walls and ceilings uses low odour, water-based products.

Surface Preparation and Priming

All surfaces must be clean, dry and free from anything that will interfere with the adhesion of the materials to be applied. Remove loose and failing material by scraping or brushing with a stiff bristle brush to a sound edge. Feather sound edges with a fine grade abrasive paper. Prior to painting, the moisture content should not exceed 12%. Remove all dust. Remove all visible signs of organic growth and treat the areas with Blackfriar Anti-Mould Solution in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow to dry.

Fill any cracks and small surface defects with Ready Patch™ or Ready Patch™ Lite as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow to dry. Rub down with a fine grade abrasive paper. Remove all dust.

Patch prime all bare and filled areas with one coat of Bulls Eye® 1-2-3 Plus Primer Sealer in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow a minimum drying time of 2 hours in normal drying conditions.


Prime all areas to be decorated with one full coat of Bulls Eye® 1-2-3 Plus Primer Sealer. If excessive absorption occurs then a second coat may be required. Allow two
hours drying time when using as a stain blocker.


Decorate with two full coats of Perma-White® Interior in desired finish in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.