We tore up carpet and pad that had lots of pet odors in it, and some
of the odors went down to the unfinished wood floor below it. A friend
suggested we roll Kilz over the floor to seal the odors before the new
carpet gets installed next week.
Does this sound like a good idea, putting pad and carpet directly over
the Kilz primer? Also, since there will not be a topcoat of paint on
it, would it be good to use Kilz Odorless? I wouldn't want to trade
pet odors for strong paint odors...
What you are trying to do is encapsulate the smelly wood completely from
moisture and humidity. Any kind of poly varnish would work. When we did
ours recently, the area of subfloor I couldn't remove and replace got
several heavy coats of whatever oil-based polyurethane varnish was left in
the shop. The last thing, before the carpet went down, I gave the whole
floor a heavy coat of Zinsser BIN shellac primer. Dries fast, seals well.
Four months now, and no smells.
KILZ should work. I don't think you need the odorless. Open the windows,
and air everything out well, whatever you use. This is of particular
importance with the BIN, which is alcohol-based.
Kilz may not be the solution to this problem. All primers are part of a
painting system and if you analyze the problem you will realize that the
odorous material has penetrated the wood. It makes sense, then, to seal with
something that penetrates the wood, rather than a primer which is formulated to
stay on the surface and provide a paint bond.
<< I wouldn't want to trade pet odors for strong paint odors... >>
Get real here. Paint odors are not going to persist any longer than it takes
for the paint to cure. You don't detect any paint odor on your window trim do
Consider first using one of the enzyme treatmants on the floor to control the
odor causing areas, then coat the wood with the lowest priced water based
poyurethane varnish you can find. The PU cures fast, has minimal odor and may
even be chemically reactive to some of the smelly material. HTH
On 27 Sep 2004 07:04:37 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Kevin) wrote:
Don't cover it yet. If it is pet urine that you smell get a enzyme
urine cleaner that can be bought in many pet stores. Some
brands are in a powder form that you can mix to the desired
strength. The enzyme attacks the urine and removes the smell.
Once you cover the area with Kilz you will never be able to penetrate
the wood good enough to get the smell out. Humid weather can activate
the smell again so it is best to eliminate it rather than cover it.
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