Answer for Bad paint job?

Water base primer will never work on smoke, oil will work on some but shellac primer is the only way to be sure. About 35 gal. for your sq/ft including ceilings at $40 per gallon just for primer. But without it you might as well paint everything nicotine yellow to disguise the stains that will always be there. Or start over with shellac primer and be prepared to spend at least $8000.00 for a multi-color job on a house of that footage.

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Kilz 2 is not the proper primer for the project. Smoke type damage has to be primed with an "oil based primer" which will truly seal over the top of nicotine as well as deodorize. The trouble is that oil based primers have dangerous fumes during the application process, and most customers as well as the painters themselves don't want to deal with the fumes while the primer dries. 10 gallons for 2500 sq feet doesn't sound like enough. Some of the dripping and sagging could be due to using the wrong primer and not properly sealing the nicotine, however it sounds like they were rushing through it all. A combination problem as I see it. No easy fix. Sand your heart out.

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Not enough primer was applied and it would have been better to wash first then use a shellac primer instead. If sagging was a problem then they should have applied the primer as 2 thin coats.

A good painter would have used a different primer, applied it so there are no runs and applied enough so your walls and ceilings are properly sealed.

The runs need to be cut or scraped from the surface then a little spackling paste can be used to smooth out the area.

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