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britac11 04-07-2012 08:10 AM

What kind of paint is this?
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During our house hunt, we came across a house that we love but are not fans of the painting job in the kitchen. Our realtor does not know what it is. It is rough and parts of it are shiny. We are hoping to paint over it in a lighter, neutral shade. Does anyone know if that would be possible?


Jay 78 04-07-2012 08:26 AM

Tough to tell from the photo, but anything is possible if you're willing to put in the work - or pay the price for someone else to do it.

Your best bet may be sanding and starting over...although step one would be to buy the house. :)

Brushjockey 04-07-2012 08:28 AM

Its looks like some kind of troweled on finish- Painting over is easy- good bonding primer and a couple of coats of finish.
Making smooth will require more work- skimming, sanding and then prime and paint.

britac11 04-07-2012 08:30 AM

"troweled on" is the perfect way to describe it. We are deciding on this house vs. another one - just trying to figure out how much work/money needs to be put into each :-) If this is paintable, that would be fabulous!

user1007 04-07-2012 10:07 AM

Most anything is paintable. It is just about how much prep you want to put into it.

I cannot tell from the photo if that is texture or just a sheen difference? You say it is troweled on though and it looks like the ceilings have texture to them as well.

It almost looks like someone attempted something like a suede faux finish that got away from and turned fififoofoo on whomever appllied it with a gloss glaze or something. If that is the case you, and you do not have texture to sand down, you just need to wash/sand/rinse and use a nice alkyd or acrylic binding primer under a couple coats of finish.

If is textured you will have to sand it off or cover it over if you do not like it.

mazzonetv 04-07-2012 08:47 PM

Looks like it might be venetian plaster???? Light sanding to remove any high or rough spots. Bonding primer such as Stix would work great. Top coat with your favorite acrylic.

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