Painting over semigloss paint

Old 03-26-01, 02:07 PM
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I just bought a house and the paint color is a light orange semi-gloss. I am planning to paint over this color with a egg-shell taupe color. I need to sand and patch some rough spots on the wall. Do I need to primer the whole wall to change the color or do I just need to put primer over the spackle from the rough spots after I sand them?
Old 03-27-01, 05:41 AM
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Make sure the existing wall paint is latex, you can test an area with some Goof-off (paint store) on a small rag and rub the surface, if it starts to remove the paint then it is latex, if it does not then it is oil based.

If it is latex then you can just prime the repairs and apply two coats of new latex, assuming the walls are clean.

If it is oil based then you need to prime the entire surface with an oil based primer such as Kilz before appliing latex.

Hope this helps.

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