How to paint over nicotine stains (odourless method)

What you will need:

Most paints solve this problem short term but eventually the stain seeps through the paint work wasting time and money. Permanently block stains with this odourless approach.

Surface preparation

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 18%. 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.

For areas with remaining sound paint wash with hot water and liquid detergent solution to remove any contaminants, frequently changing the water. Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove all residues. Allow to dry.

Priming Nicotine Stains

Degrease with methylated spirit, changing the cloths regularly. 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. Prime all areas to be decorated with one full coat of AllCoat (Solvent Based) Primer and Finish. Allow a minimum drying time of 2 hours in normal drying conditions.


Decorate with one full coat of AllCoat (Solvent Based) Primer and Finish in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.