Wax burned on newly painted walls

Old 02-20-02, 12:48 PM
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Wax burned on newly painted walls

I had a small fire in my newly painted living room. The walls and ceiling were just replaced 6 months ago with regular sheetrock and the walls had primer and 2 coats of latex flat paint. The fire was caused by a candle, and there is burned wax covering approx. a 6X6 ft. area on one wall. I scraped as much dried wax off the paint as possible. I was told to clean the remainder off with TSP, but it doesn't take off the wax. I don't think primer or paint will adhere to this shiny waxy coating on the wall.....please help, this mess looks terrible.
Old 02-20-02, 03:30 PM
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Ok, I did this too... On two spots on a chimney breast. You need to clear the old wax. I used a very hot iron and brown paper. A scraper got rid of the rest. You are left with deepish indentations and for that you need to skim with a little artex compound. Artex compound is easier to work with as it doesnt dry out as quickly as plaster skim.

Once skimmed, leave to dry and sand down to wall level.

You will need to pain the whole wall, probably twice, but you will not see the error of your ways

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