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Old 09-01-00, 10:37 AM
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We bought our house a few years ago. Don't know what kind of paint the contractors used.
About two years ago we repainted using white latex semi gloss trim paint. Almost immediatly, the paint began scraping off whenever I vaccumed. Should I have used a latex enamel. I want to repaint but want to make sure I do it so it will withstand normal wear and tear.
Thanks for your help.
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Old 09-01-00, 06:32 PM
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You need to prepare the surface first. Get all the loose paint off by scraping, rubbing, brushing, etc. If it is not bonded well, the new paint will not bond well. Lightly sand the surface, clean of dust and prime with a quality primer/sealer such as Ben Moore Fresh Start. Apply your finish coats.

Preparation is the key to a good paint job as well as using quality paints.
Old 09-02-00, 04:48 AM
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I will also add - Most paint contractors when painting a new house will use an oil based paint on the doors, jambs, trim and cabinets(if not stained) You cannot just simply paint over with latex paint without properly preparing. Follow the above directions and you should be fine, it will take a little elbow grease, but now you know.
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