How to paint over interior fire damage

What you will need:

This guide provides a method of blocking odours and stains caused by fire damage, prior to painting with decorative top coats.

Surface Preparation

Remove loose and failing material by scraping or brushing with a stiff bristle brush to a sound edge, vacuum down fire damaged areas to remove dust. Feather sound edges with a fine grade abrasive paper. Prior to painting, the moisture content should not exceed 18%. Remove all visible signs of organic growth and treat the areas with Zinsser Mould Killer in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow to dry.

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

Patch priming & Bring Forward

Patch prime all bare and filled areas with B-I-N® Primer Sealer in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow a minimum drying time of 45 minutes in normal drying conditions. Bring forward patch primed areas with B-I-N® Primer Sealer. Allow to dry.


Prime all areas to be decorated with one full coat of B-I-N® Primer Sealer. Allow a minimum drying time of 45 minutes in normal drying conditions.


Decorate with two full coats of Perma-White® Interior Matt / Semi-Gloss / Satin in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow a minimum drying time of two hours between coats.