Can we paint over Mobile Home printed wallboard?


Old 10-04-09, 09:38 AM
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Can we paint over Mobile Home printed wallboard?

We have purchased a 26 year old MH. The wallboard is in excellent shape but needs a new color desperately. Can we just paint over it or must it be primed? Has anyone done this and what were the results? Thanks for any help you can give

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Old 10-04-09, 10:35 AM
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Mobile homes often have vinyl on the walls etc so to be sure of adhesion and considering the age and likely a lack of knowledge of the history such as smoking,cooking etc what I'd do is scrub down the walls with TSP and/or clean and rinse them really well and prime with Zinsser BIN shellac based primer.This is an excellent product designed for problem or difficult issues such as vinyl wall coverings and extreme adhesion problems.Once primed a quality latex interior wall paint should work fine.
Old 10-04-09, 10:49 AM
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Is it the 1/4" vinyl covered drywall? if so BIN would be the best choice for primer.

If it's one of the older MHs with the fiberboard paneling, an oil base primer would work fine. A latex primer might work but a lot depends on the paneling. I wouldn't recomend latex primer over the vinyl faced drywall.
Old 10-04-09, 03:32 PM
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Thanks for the info. We will try a small space in my office first. This is my first time on DIY. What a great site!

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