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Old 04-18-2009, 03:46 PM   #1
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Please help...Latex over gloss and it is scraping off


I just bought my first home and the seller's painted all the trim and door with latex paint over a high gloss paint without using a primer. Now you can bump into a door and the latex paint scrapes off. Is there a product that will penetrate the latex and bond to the gloss underneath. Then I could paint over that?? I can't even begin to think of having to sand every piece of trim and door in the place. I'm a city bred girl and use to a superintendent doing all the repairs in my home....now I'm on my own...gulp!! HELP!

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Old 04-18-2009, 03:55 PM   #2
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There us really nothing out there that will go through latex paint without disolving it. Sorry.

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ou could contact the sellers and see if they will help cover the cost of redoing the the trim, or maybe your homeowners warranty, if you have one, may help.
But the only way to get the paint to stick is take off the latex and prime over the gloss.
Sounds like the sellers were just trying to do enough to make it look good until the house was sold. They had to know the paint wouldn't stick.
You might consider an attorney, if there's enough trim needing redone to incur a substantial cost.
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Thanks but it is a foreclosure and the sale was "as is". And there is substantial trim both on the floor and ceiling and in two rooms an ornate chair rail ... add in 12 doors ( although the front and side doors it is only on the inside) well, you see my dilemna.
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There is no shortcut. All the failing paint has to come off before you can re-coat. Either scrape, sand, or strip. OTOH, you can probably skip the ceiling trim unless it is spontaneously peeling on its own.

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There is no shortcut. All the failing paint has to come off before you can re-coat. Either scrape, sand, or strip. OTOH, you can probably skip the ceiling trim unless it is spontaneously peeling on its own.

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I have somewhat the same problem, not a foreclosure, just clueless people painting without proper prep. I pulled all casing, base, and window trim to strip. Dreading the sanding, scraping or chemical, I got out the heat gun and my 5-in-1. It works awesome! Granted, I do have a quite unique heat gun from Milwaukee that lets me dial in anywhere from 90F to 1100F, in 10 deg increments, so I can tweak the temp as needed. It was expensive at the time, but is proving its worth now.

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I have 3 to 4 layers of paint to strip, mix of latex and oil, mostly semi, and dial the gun to 600 up to 800. Wait for the paint to just bubble and lightly run the 5-in-1 under where the paint has lifted, and it comes up in sheets.
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Sadly they painted the ceiling trims peach...peach everywhere...so they must be done as well.
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Sadly they painted the ceiling trims peach...peach everywhere...so they must be done as well.
Oh God, I'm so sorry. The level of, err, lack of taste... Good luck!
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You mean a peach cocoon isn't your idea of Nirvana...lol
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Scrape and sand any loosely adhering paint, prime with a penetrating primer (alkyd if available/possible, Zinsser's Gardz if not), and do two top coats of your preferred quality coating
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You mean a peach cocoon isn't your idea of Nirvana...lol
Yeah, not so much. Peaches to eat...mmmm. Peach cobbler, oh yeah.

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