Painting over Fire/Soot Damage

I am repainting my living room but the walls and ceiling have a layer of soot on them. I tried to clean them with soapy water but it just spreads the soot around. Any advice on cleaning it off? Or do need to paint them with something special?

Hi Mark,
Thanks for your email. When painting over soot or fire damage you will need to do the following.

1. Wash down surface with Sugar Soap or Decorators Cleaner.

2. When surface is dry coat with Zinsser B.I.N Primer this product is fantastic at blocking out  stains caused by soot and fire damage. This product is Meths based so it drys very quickly. When fully  dry (45-60 minutes) you can now re-coat with your ceiling paint or wall paint.

Please note sometimes after you wipe down the affected area with Sugar Soap or Decorators cleaner it will look like the stain is gone but it could burn through your ceiling paint or wall paint if not primed with Zinsser B.I.N Primer.

If this does happen then just repeat step 1. and 2. above.

Feel free to leave a comment below if you need any additional advice on painting over fire or soot damage!