See our 3-step guide below for painting over fire and smoke-damaged interiors with low-odour Zinsser products, ideal for commercial businesses looking to re-open quickly after fire damage.
For commercial business, the competition will be quick to step in and provide their services to your customers should you be unable to open, hurting your profits and reputation. On a competitive high street it’s important to re-open quickly after suffering interior damage; using products that are quick to apply and dry, with little to no odour, minimises disruption to staff and customers.
Zinsser listens to contactors and develops new products – or adds features to existing products – to meet their changing needs, delivering world class products that meet “real world” challenges, providing tried and tested solutions to painting problems, such as painting over fire and smoke damage.
Step 1. Surface Preparation / Priming
Clean and dry the surface making sure there is nothing that could interfere with or affect the adhesion and application of materials and Zinsser products. Use a scraper or a stiff-bristled brush to remove loose and failing material, brushing and scraping to a sound edge.
Feather the sound edges with a fine grade abrasive paper, ensuring the moisture content does not exceed 18% prior to painting, and remove all dust.
Remove all visible signs of organic growth, treating areas with Zinsser Mould Killer & Remover (in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions) and allow to dry.
Using Zinsser Universal Degreaser & Cleaner, clean down areas with sound paint remaining to remove any contaminants, rinsing thoroughly with clean water to remove all residues before allowing the surface to dry.
Use a suitable filler, as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, to fill any small defects and cracks in the surface. Allow to dry and then rub the surface down with a fine grade abrasive paper and remove all dust
One coat of Zinsser AllCoat (Solvent-Based) should be used to patch prime all bare and filled areas, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, allowing a minimum of 2 hours drying time (in normal drying conditions) before bringing forward the patch primed areas with one coat of Zinsser AllCoat (Solvent-Based).
Step 2. Priming
Step 3. Decoration
Decorate the prepared and primed areas with one full coat of Zinsser AllCoat (Solvent-Based), in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Zinsser AllCoat (Solvent-Based) is available in more than 60 mid-tone colours from RAL, suiting commercial interiors, and has very low odour.
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