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Old 09-04-2010, 06:55 PM   #1
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Hi, I live in a basement flat in a Victorian house (UK). Not the entire flat is at subzero level but a few walls are either directly in contact with the ground on the outside (i.e. there are no drenches) or are pillars of the whole building hence the level of moisture/humidity in the walls is very high (although there's no damp anymore).

I think it's this combination of moist walls and fluctuating temperatures that has caused the wall paint to peel in places....

I am planning to redecorate the flat myself but as a complete DIY virgin I need to ask your expert advice first.....

Do I need to prime the walls? Ideally would that be all of the walls in the affected room? What primer do I use - latex or oil? Which one will go with Dulux paints? What do I do after? Do I still need basecoat? The walls are not in a particularly great shape - they will need some filling/plastering in places as well, same with the ceiling hence I thought of using Polycell Smoothover on the ceiling and walls. There are a few stains from a leak last year which would need to be covered so I am a little worried there might be a build-up of products which won't bond or something especially that the walls are cold and moist like I mentioned before. What is the whole process I'd need to go through? I want the walls and ceiling perfectly smooth so happy to put in hard work but don't know where to start with this...

Also, will I need an electric sander to sand the walls down? To be honest I would much rather not have to sand by hand (seems too tedious!) so if an electric sander was an option what do I need to know before getting one? Would a wall sander double up as a wood sander? I.e. I am looking to sand windows and doors at a later stage.....

And the edges of the walls are quite weathered - how would I bring their sharpness back again?

MANY MANY thanks for your help peeps.......
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Ok, use a palm sander to lightly feather out the walls and get all the flaking off. then use a damp rag to get all the residue off. then use either coverstain oil primer or kilz original oil primer. apply one coat. then patch walls as needed with a lightweight spackle. then next day use an eggshell or satin sheen acrylic top coat. DO NOT USE FLAT, as it's not moisture resistant or water proof.
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Thank you hammerheart14.

Why wouldn’t you use water or latex primer??

When you say eggshell or satin sheen acrylic top coat do you mean I shouldn’t be using a regular water based paint?

What if I used a kitchen paint? (Though I’ve just looked at an old tin and my kitchen paint is also water-based….)

If I used eggshell or an acrylic coat would I still be able to cover that with a regular flat paint?
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Thank you hammerheart14.

Why wouldn’t you use water or latex primer??

When you say eggshell or satin sheen acrylic top coat do you mean I shouldn’t be using a regular water based paint?

What if I used a kitchen paint? (Though I’ve just looked at an old tin and my kitchen paint is also water-based….)

If I used eggshell or an acrylic coat would I still be able to cover that with a regular flat paint?
what are the walls made of again?

an oil primer will seal the stains back better than a water based primer. acrylic is a form of water based paint. kitchen paint is an acrylic enamel.just use ANYTHING with a sheen. eggshell, satin, semi gloss. doesn't matter. flat is not moisture resistant.
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