how many coats


Old 10-16-02, 10:24 AM
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how many coats


I am planning to paint the interior of a small house I am moving into shortly. The walls are sheetrock with one coat of white paint on them (7-8 years old). The paint looks ok, but needless to say, al bit dirty and dingy. I want to paint the walls white again. Do I need a primer before I apply the regular paint? Also, what is the recommended paint type for interior walls- I like them a little shiny, so would that be semi-glos or high gloss? Thanks for your help!!
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Old 10-16-02, 06:32 PM
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If the paint looks dirty and dingy, it might behoove you to wash before you paint - spic and span, tsp, others. Paint adheres poorly to dirt. After that, if the paint is sound and similar color, you can paint over the existing paint. Two coats of top quality acrylic latex paint should carry you well for a long time.

Slightly shiny would be either satin or semi-gloss. Generally, walls are painted with flat paint to help hide the inevitable irregularities in the surface.
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