I had some tenants that left one of my rental houses and they left quite a mess. Apparently towards the end of their lease they and all their inbred relatives lost their jobs due to the bad economy and they all moved in. According to the next door neighbor there were upwards of 15 families and lots of derelicts living there and going in and out. They ended up leaving stains and marks all over the walls and on the ceilings.
We also had to replace the carpet as it was completely trampled. The carpet wasn’t that old and it was a very nice carpet. They killed the carpet. They also broke the washer and dryer. We also had to have some minor HVAC repair done. But the worst was the ceiling and walls. I told them no smoking in the house. Apparently one of their relatives or most likely more then 1 relative smoked heavily. The ceiling had serious smoke stains in the one bedroom.
The walls were awful. There was marker and pen all over the kids room. I first tried to put up another coat of paint but when it dried the marker came right through. The ceiling paint had the same effect on the smoke stains – none. So I went to Home Depot and told the guy behind the paint counter my dilemma.
He recommended that I use a gallon of Kilz for big areas and a spray can or two of Kilz original primer and sealer for the ceiling areas and hard to reach or small wall areas. I went back to the property and followed his directions and after using the Kilz (one coat only on the walls and one application with the Kilz spray can paint on the ceiling areas) I found that the marker, pen and other stains like the ceiling smoke stains didn’t bleed or show through.
This Kilz stuff is a definite time saver. I don’t know how many coats I would have needed without the Kilz. It would have taken many coats and to be honest it would probably still have shown through. Kilz makes a superior stain blocker spray and wall sealer. It definitely saved me many hours of painting time and I hate painting.
You might ask that if I am a landlord why didn’t I just hire someone to paint. I did. After the Kilz I got heat stroke and had to hire a professional painting crew to finish the house. There was a lot of work to do there. I also tried to keep the costs down because I knew I would never recoup my costs from the previous deadbeat tenants.
The Kilz paint worked great and was a definite time saver. There was a huge difference. The Kilz covered the magic marker and other stuff on the walls right away with one coat. Kilz is also super cheap compared to a gallon of Glidden or Behr paint. Next time you need to cover up marks, permanent marker or smoking stains give Kilz a try. The Kilz spray cans worked great on the ceiling and had great coverage. I think it only took 3 cans to seal the ceiling stains.