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Old 09-18-2008, 02:04 PM   #1
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I've painted a lot of walls and never had this happen... It's like the surface (which has been painted perviously) is too smooth? If you go over an area that's dried a bit it just peels off and clumps up in other areas. I can also just peel it off like a skin after it's dry. What do I do to prep this type of surface??? Thanks!
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what brand of paint/how old is it?
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It's Behr (and yes I've read thru the thread, but I like behr paint, sorry) and I just bought it a couple weeks ago.
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What room is this? If it is a kitchen or bathroom, the surface needs to be well-scrubbed with a strong detergent and/or TSP, and then rinsed, before the application of new paint. A water-base bonding primer (NOT Kilz2) such as SW PrepRite ProBlock Latex can also be helpful.

For an existing glossy coat you must also scuff-sand and then remove the dust.

If the current coat is oil-base, you need to prime with an oil-base primer before topcoating with latex.

For now, remove all of your failing Behr paint before you do anything else...

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Thank you SirWired. It's just a little entry way and I don't know if it's oil based or not, it was painted by the previous owner. I will try the scruff sanding. All the other walls are textured and matte so I never ran into this before. Good thing I only payed $1 for the paint!
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Test the previous paint to see if it's oil
Use denatured alcohol on a rag for the best test
It will dissolve latex and the color will transfer to the rag

Oops! or Goof Off! also work for this test
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Thank you SirWired. It's just a little entry way and I don't know if it's oil based or not, it was painted by the previous owner. I will try the scruff sanding. All the other walls are textured and matte so I never ran into this before. Good thing I only payed $1 for the paint!

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Go down to any paint or hardware store and pick up a can of spray Kilz or BIN and spray an area and see if that sticks.
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It's Behr (and yes I've read thru the thread, but I like behr paint, sorry) and I just bought it a couple weeks ago.

Maybe what happened to you might change your mind, it should.
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Ya know, after thinking about this I wonder if you have some grease on the walls or maybe even wax. The only other thing I can think of is the prevoius owner used silicone paint.
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...the prevoius owner used silicone paint.
If the previous owner used oil-based paint, the latex could act like this
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...grease on the walls or maybe even wax
If it was a bathroom, I'd say the walls were never cleaned properly
All that hair spray, deodorant spray, Glade and Febreeze, just gook up the walls

A Glade Plug-In (over a period of time) can contaminate a wall so it will do this also
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