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VonHess
Nicotine stained radiant heat ceiling
VonHess

I have posted this question on a couple of sites to get a variety of opinions. I have a ceiling installed in the early 70s that is covered in what I think is known as 'vinyl paper'. It is like wallpaper but made of vinyl. Years of a smoker living here have stained the ceiling in nicotine. To complicate matters the ceiling has radiant heat. I believe that it is configured as a layer of drywall, the wire that produces the heat and then another layer of drywall covered with the vinyl paper. My question is: I want to paint the ceiling to cover the nicotine. Will the Primer or Paint cover the nicotine with no bleed through? Will the Primer or Paint be affected by the radiant heat ?
Anyone who has had this same situation find the perfect solution? Thanks in advance.

A. Spruce
Re: Nicotine stained radiant heat ceiling
A. Spruce

I've never heard of radiant heat being in the ceiling, it would seem to defeat the purpose of both a radiant system and the laws of physics (heat rising ).

Painting the ceiling should not diminish the capacity of the radiant system. To cover nicotine, yes, it's going to bleed, so you've got to use a stain blocking primer, preferably Zinnser BIN (red label ). You will probably need at least two coats, maybe more, not only to get good coverage, but to have a thick enough layer to block stain bleed. Regardless of the primer you use, read the label carefully for both application and clean-up, every type of primer is different, know what you need before you leave the store.

You can apply any good quality interior paint you like.

ed21
Re: Nicotine stained radiant heat ceiling
ed21

Actually heat doesn't rise, warm air rises through convection.
Radiant ceilings and panels work well to heat the occupants. Of course radiant floors are nice on the toes.
If you own the house removing the paper is possible, but you don't know the condition of what's underneath or if it was primed before the paper.
Primer and paint should be okay with the radiant heat. I would check with a full service paint store and see what they recommend both for the nicotine coverage and radiant heat.

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