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Old 04-03-2011, 07:14 PM   #1
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Ugh. Please advise. I am trying to paint the bathroom. It looked to have had a glossy paint to begin with. I cleaned the walls, primed them, and waited 24 hours before applying my first rolls of a semi gloss paint that is not sticking. I'm not sure what to do now. I may not have applied the primer well enough; it was hard to tell bc it was white on white. I've read some things that make me think that I should sand things down and start from scratch with better priming. Any thoughts, suggestions? I have virtually no experience with painting.

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Old 04-03-2011, 11:50 PM   #2
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Explain more what you mean by not sticking? Is it spider-webbing when you put it on? Is it pelling off or bubbling?

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The paint just sort of smeared around on the wall as I rolled it on; I guess it was bubbly rather than solid and smooth. It was easy to notice bc this layer is a greenish color, where as the primer is white. I tried to roll back over areas that didn't seem to be taking, but there were areas where the paint was just not going to stick . It just smeared around, with areas of white primer showing through. Hope that makes sense. I'd appreciate any help.
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How long did you let the primer dry and what did you clean with. More information would be helpful.Type of primer, paint, etc.
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"smeared around"
Sounds to me like your roller handle isn't working properly or you may be pressing it too hard against the wall. It's dry now, do a tape test. Press some tape on and rip it off. If the paint dosen't come off on the tape your good.
Buy a new roller handle, a 3/8 in roller cover, and don't soak the roller cover.
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:52 AM   #6
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What is the brand of paint that you are using? sounds a bit like it's not covering more than it's not sticking. A poor quality paint will not cover as well, and it sounds also like your technique as explained above.

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