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Old 07-14-2010, 03:31 PM   #1
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What type of paint to use over whitewash?


Hello!

I would like to repaint the interior of my apartment, but it seems like the old tenant used what I think is "whitewash". It rubs off easily, and is kind of powdery.

I was thinking I could just use an oil based paint over it, but after some research it seems that I may need a primer as well. Any ideas? Recommendations?

I am thinking that prayers to the paint gods may be needed!

Thanks so much for your help!

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Old 07-15-2010, 06:05 AM   #2
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I would not bet the farm, but it would seem you have oil on your walls now. Here is a rule of thumb, You can paint latex over oil, but you can not paint oil over latex. Prep, Oil prime, then latex the top coat.......Good Luck......

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I would not bet the farm, but it would seem you have oil on your walls now. Here is a rule of thumb, You can paint latex over oil, but you can not paint oil over latex. Prep, Oil prime, then latex the top coat.......Good Luck......
That rule of thumb should be thrown out the window once and for all.

However you're right. Any old surface should be evaluated and then properly preped and primed depending on base coat, top coat and condition.
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