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Our rooms have timber panels around the door frames and windows (like in old houses-hope this makes sense) and they're currently painted dark brown!:eek: We can't get the paint off so was wondering if anyone knows how well you can paint over such a dark colour successfully? Were wanting to use a bit darker yellow or green than the walls.
Hope there's a handy woman out there that can shed some light on this little issue, ta
Sorry I can't help with the advice but just to let you know I closed the double up of threads so you don't have to go looking in two places for an answer.
You can paint over anything - just depends how many coats it will take.
Some paints need an undercoat too - I painted a room red once and had to paint it grey first in order to make the red look as it should. Head down to your local hardward shop - they are normally pretty good about telling you what you will need to make it look good - an undercoat is probably going to be the way to go though. For good yellows, check out the Wattyl range - I have had some fantastic yellows from them over the years - vibrant and clear through to the soft and creamy.
I love to paint!
Firstly thanks Happy Lady for helping the i.t. clueless!:)
And thanks Draught for the most obvious advice! I'm heading up to Broken Hill so will go to the paint shop and get their opinion. :D
Before you go, find out if it was enamel or acrylic (oil or water based). I think you can get special undercoats to go on enamel so that an acrylic will stick better (although, as draught says enough coats should fix anything :confused: ). Never done it myself though.
im no expert but you could try sanding them back if you dont want to go coat after coat......but im sure there would be undercoats of some sort so there isnt a need to do too many coats...sorry no real advice here :o
Well, you should be able to get the paint off with sanding.. or a paint stripper.
You should always undercoat wood (well, anything really), it leads to a nicer finish, also a light sand (if you don't want to completely sand).
Yes, a couple of undercoats should cover the brown well, try not to use the grey undercoat unless the colour specifically asks for it, because it does change the finished look.
And yep, go to your local hardware and ask, they know good stuff.
(I have worked with paint for a good majority of my adult life... the best advice I can give you for a great finish is preparation, preparation, preparation.)
Have fun.. I love painting / decorating.
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