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Old 09-01-2009, 01:56 PM   #1
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I have a painting problem that I cannot solve. I have painted interior drywall; I repaired a crack and a couple of holes by using spackling and primer. When I applied matching paint, the area I painted turned a gray instead of the cream color it was. A second coat still turned gray. It looks horrible.
I applied a little paint to an untouched area of drywall and it, too turned grayish. I then went down to the basement, found an unpainted piece of drywall and applied the cream-colored paint. Perfect! Yet it turns grayish on the installed wallboard.
Some suggestions will get me sane again. Thanks.

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Old 09-02-2009, 05:55 AM   #2
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Try priming a spot with Zinsser BIN, a white pigmented shellac primer. Then apply your topcoat and see if the BIN stops whatever is causing the color change from bleeding through.

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How long ago was the original paint put on?
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How long ago was the original paint put on?
The walls were painted about 3-4 years ago.
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Thank you for the help. I will try that primer. I used KILZ during this fiasco.
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Kilz original oil is okay. All other Kilz is pure junk.
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:31 AM   #7
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The walls were painted about 3-4 years ago.

Could be why it's not touching up, even when the original paint is being used. Especially if it is a finish with any type of sheen (gloss) Worst case scenario, paint corner to corner and all should be fine.

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