Rosetta asked: How do I remove water stains from paneling? We painted over paneling and had a flood. Can I use odorless Kilz to block the stain and then paint over the Kilz? I need to use the odorless, as I have allergies.
The best solution for getting rid of water stains, especially if anyone in the family has allergies, is to replace any wet wood. This step will help prevent mold and rotting conditions that could lead to pests, illness or other concerns. Only after you are sure the wood and any insulation or adjacent building materials are dry, should you cover the stains up.
You Will Need:
- Kilz Odorless Primer
- Painting supplies
- Dry cloth
- Drop cloth
Steps to Cover the Stain:
- Check the paneling, and behind it if possible, to ensure there is no dampness remaining.
- Use a dry cloth to remove any loose dust or debris from the wall before you paint.
- Carefully cover the floor with a drop cloth. Kilz is an oil based paint and will be extremely difficult to remove from floor coverings, furniture and other nearby surfaces if it falls on an unprotected area.
- Heeding all label instructions and precautions, paint the affected area with Kilz Odorless Primer.
- Allow the area to dry completely to check for thorough coverage.
- Add a second coat if needed.
- Once the Kilz is dry, and the stain is gone, paint over the area with the paint color of your choice.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Although it’s designated “odorless”, this Kilz product does have a light odor when it’s wet. Once dry, the smell should disappear quickly and entirely.
- Make sure you work in a well ventilated area, or use fans to keep the air moving while painting.
- There are products available, such as DampRid to aid in removing moisture quickly to prevent mold and mildew growth. These products can be found at general stores such as Wal-mart, as well as hardware and home improvement stores.