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Old 08-27-2009, 06:04 AM   #1
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paint interior walls?

Kicking around painting the interior walls of our '76 Sovereign. Can anyone advise me on the exact technique to ensure proper adhesion? I have seen where Kilz low odor oil primer is used. Is this recommended? What paint would I then use to top coat?

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Old 08-27-2009, 07:16 AM   #2
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There are many threads on painting walls, "Doin' the Full Monte" is one of several good ones.

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Old 08-27-2009, 07:16 AM   #3
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Do your due dilligence on this one!

Hey ryan,
You shoud probably use the search function here and read the various posts on this subject - and make your own conclusions. I read and read about it, felt good enough about how to tackle the job and completed it. Now am faced with some issues. After reading responses to my current problem, chatting with others and calling paint reps, I am uncertain how I will proceed.

I'm not saying that it can't be done - or shouldn't be done - but you should probably get real informed before tackling this just in-case you're one of the unlucky ones ... like me.

I cleaned my walls with TSP and thoroughly rinsed it, sanded the surface, applied XIM primer and top coated with Sherwin Williams Duration Laytex. The XIM primer was pretty difficult to work with IMO. All seemed peachy for a few months. Then (see this post):

Good luck to you. I'll continue to update my post when I figure out what I'm going to do. I did see a product on the web made specifically for coating vinyl wall paper (Resene Vinyl Wallpaper Sealer - Prevents Sticky Finish) but I can't find anything available in the US. It wouldn't resolve my problem anyway - since I've already primed & painted. Doh.

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which walls?

You are right, Laura, XIM is a real challenge to work with. I used it when I painted the dividing walls that are plastic laminate over plywood after sanding the laminate with 100 grit sandpaper to "scuff" it up a little. The XIM then needs to be completely dry (a couple days) before topcoating.

On the vinyl-covering outside walls of the trailer, I applied 2 coats of water-based Kilz and 2 coats of Benjamin Moore latex, using a smaller diameter (1") roller with a high loft nap. The paint is holding up very well after 2 years.

I have found the Benjamin Moore products to be very good, not that others couldn't be, and will stick with that brand.

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