Painting dirty walls?

Old 01-14-01, 09:05 AM
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We are about to paint the entire interior of a 100-year-old Victorian home that has very dirty, and some dark colored, walls. We are planning to prime with Bullseye 1.2.3 primer and then paint with a Color Place off-white paint. Can we cover the old grime and dark colors with the primer? Also, anyone have experience with the Wagner Power Rollers? Thanks.
Old 01-14-01, 11:43 AM
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rjb, Different opinions is what DIY forums are about. Here is mine. The 123 will not hold back bleeders of any kind. If the walls are just dirty it should be fine after some cleaning to use the 123. If you suspect any bleeders or if some of what you are seeing is yellowing from age the 123 will not hold it back. If this is the case you will need to use KILZ Original or some similar oil primer.
On the power roller, don't bother. Spend your money on a Wagner sprayer if you think you could use one and buy some quality tools. Go to Sherwin-Willaims and get a 5 gallon bucket, a screen, a pro line roller frame, a nice rolling stick and pro quality brush and covers. These will serve you well. If you ever have the chance to watch a crew of pro painters at work you will not see a power roller anywhere....Mike
Old 01-14-01, 01:31 PM
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So true, I have experimented with the water based primers such as Kilz total one and zinsser's Bullseye 123 and while having great bonding features, do not hold back stains much more than regular latex paint. Like Mike stated, the oil based Kilz (or simular) is the way to go for stains. On re-paints, most of the time a good cleaning is all that is needed rather that priming completely, you can spot prime the stains, then paint. Complete priming won't hurt a thing if you want to play it safe, it's really a judgement call.

Whether you re-prime completely or not, you do need to clean the walls before re-coating them.

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