Painting over grease stains the right way to stop the marks coming back

Mini roller add white paint to wallpapered wall
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Painting over grease stains is one way to get rid of ugly and annoying marks on your walls and wood. But it is not as simple getting out a tin of emulsion and adding a new coat of paint. This won’t solve the problem, you will simply be spending more time and money trying to hide any stains.

When painting a wall, wood or even kitchen cabinets, you need to get your preparation right before you can even think about adding a coat of paint. Here we reveal the different methods to help get rid of grease stains and the paint you’ll need to stop them from reappearing any time soon.  

Try these tools to paint over grease stains

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.