Painting Interior Walls Stained With Nicotine

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    I'm getting ready to repaint in my bedroom, and I smoke. (Please don't go off on me...I'm aware of the risks to my health.) I last painted in there about six years ago with a high-quality latex over primer. The walls are plaster rock. (Don't ask...I have never heard of this before either. Basically it's impenetrable stuff.)

    I'm trying to do this at the lowest cost and with the least amount of energy. I have washed the walls with muriatic acid but there's no difference in their appearance. After researching on the 'net and talking to the Sherwin-Williams guy, this is what I have decided to do:

    Paint the walls with a tinted, oil-based primer, of good quality. Probably Cover-Stain oil based primer from Zinsser. The thought is, if the color is in the primer, no finish coat of paint will be needed.

    I'm not looking forward to dealing with oil. Does anyone know of a latex based primer that would also work well? Preferably one with low VOCs?

    Does anyone think I have to go to the extreme of painting with shellac based primer (B-I-N) first before painting the color on the walls? My Sherwin-Williams guy seems convinced this is not going to be necessary.

    Thank you so much for any help...I'd rather not be out of my room for longer than necessary.
     
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    KILZ, its covers anything
     
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    That is what I was thinking, my mother who paints quite a bit really likes it.
     
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    I like KILZ too, but it is water based and not expected to have the necessary coverage. Is there a super-KILZ?
     
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    You could try using a degreaser cleaner
     
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    i would try the kilz on a area and then see how it works.

    Oil based is a mess anyway and if you can avoid it you will be happy
     
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    I agree with the KILZ comments. Also, I would only use flat Latex paint on my walls - other than in the kitchen or bathroom. Paint has come a long way from what it used to be. I'm also a smoker but I find that keeping my windows and doors open as much as possible and using room spray on curtains, furniture fabric, as well as just generally in the air go a long way to help tone down the smoky odor.

    Good luck with your project.
     
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    I disagree with the flat idea.

    i put semi gloss EVERYWHERE in my house. It cleans off and flat comes off when you clean.
     
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    I hadn't really considered the finish. I like eggshell for the bedroom, because it is smaller than I'd like and I think flat can make that seem worse. I agree, high gloss is wrong. Does primer come in different finishes?
     
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    I called my mom, and she said the only thing that will work if you couldn't get it off is Kilz which comes in a Latex primer. And then paint it with regular latex paint.
    And trust me, my mom does this for a living. ;)
     

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