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Old 10-19-2012, 09:38 PM   #1
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Painting basement walls (Fake wood?)

Hey guys! Finally want to get around to re-doing the basement. All the walls are already covered with what I can only describe as fake wood panels? They are semi-glossy, little rough.. Not sure if really fake or not, might not be due to age of the house.

Anyways, I debating about putting up drywall, but I think if I just paint time white I will save a lot of money with a very close look to what I'm after.

Any suggestions as to paint, primer, steps to be taken? Brand of paint?

I want the basement to feel "bright" should I go glossy-semi-flat?



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Old 10-20-2012, 05:32 AM   #2
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Lightly sand, clean and paint with whatever floats your'e boat.
Me, I would use Ben Moore Regal eggshell or flat, but since I cannot get it here, Sherwin Williams super paint would do.
No reason for semi gloss on any walls, .............. ever.


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The most important part of the job is getting whatever hits it first to bond well. I recently did alot of paneling-
Thorough sand- then i used a TSP substitute to wipe on to degloss and remove sanding dust. Then prime with a really good bonding primer.
Zinsser 123, Stix, Smart Prime are good examples.
Then I used BM regal Matte for finish.
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If it is a thin vinyl clad siding, just be careful not to sand through the vinyl into the base layer.
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