Paneling/Previously Painted/To Be Painted

a. Surface Preparation:

  • treat any mildew with a 3:1 water:household bleach mixture, leaving it on for 20 minutes and adding more as it dries; wear eye and skin protection; rinse thoroughly
  • wash the surface using detergent and warm water; rinse thoroughly

b. Priming:

  • priming is helpful but not necessary if existing paint is in excellent condition, unless specified by paint manufacturer
  • for maximum adhesion, stain blocking and uniformity of sheen, do prime the entire area to be painted
  • use a stain blocking latex primer that is recommended for interior use do not leave a primer unpainted

c. Painting:

  • for best dirt resistance, durability and cleanability, use a top-of-the-line interior latex wall paint in eggshell or satin finish, depending on appearance desired
  • a satin finish will provide better dirt and stain resistance
  • a flat latex wall paint will hide irregularities in the surface but will not resist stains and burnishing as well as a quality eggshell or satin finish
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