Paneling/Unpainted/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
  • lightly sand the surface with fine grit (#220) garnet paper, to dull any gloss, and to provide maximum adhesion of the primer and paint; wear eye protection and a dust mask
  • wipe down the surface with damp rags

b. Priming:

  • priming is necessary for adequate adhesion and uniformity of sheen and hiding
  • use a stain blocking latex primer that is recommended for interior use
  • maximum adhesion and stain blocking are available with alcohol-based or oil-based (alkyd) stain blocking primer; wear eye protection and an appropriate respirator; use ample ventilation
  • 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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