can I apply exterior semi gloss directly over flat exterior paint?

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  1. Bruce Millar

    Bruce Millar Guest

    About 6 months ago I hired a painting contractor to paint a rental
    property that I own. The building was painted with white flat latex,
    sprayed on. It was a "budget" job, which I am now regreting, as all
    of the dust, pollen, etc. sticks right to the paint. The paint was
    also put on too thin for my liking.

    My question - Can I apply a quality semi-gloss exterior latex directly
    on top of the flat latex without priming? The flat latex has a
    surface that looks and feels (to me, a non-painter) just about like a
    primer. Opinions?
     
    Bruce Millar, Apr 13, 2004
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    m Ransley Guest

    Re: can I apply exterior semi gloss directly over flat exteriorpaint?

    Go right over it , no primer necessary.
     
    m Ransley, Apr 13, 2004
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    davefr Guest

    There's a saying that nothing sticks to latex like more latex.

    But having said that, you can run into problems if the base coat is a
    real low end/non acrylic latex.

    You'll probably want 2 coats anyway so I'd make the firt one a primer
    coat tinted to half the color formula of the topcoat and then you can
    probably get by with one topcoat assuming you use quality paint.

    I prefer Pratt and Lambert Suprime for the primer and Accolade for the
    topcoat. Make sure you start by preparing the walls by washing with a
    TSP solution and rinse.

    (Bruce Millar) wrote in message news:<>...
    > About 6 months ago I hired a painting contractor to paint a rental
    > property that I own. The building was painted with white flat latex,
    > sprayed on. It was a "budget" job, which I am now regreting, as all
    > of the dust, pollen, etc. sticks right to the paint. The paint was
    > also put on too thin for my liking.
    >
    > My question - Can I apply a quality semi-gloss exterior latex directly
    > on top of the flat latex without priming? The flat latex has a
    > surface that looks and feels (to me, a non-painter) just about like a
    > primer. Opinions?
     
    davefr, Apr 13, 2004
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    jeffc Guest

    "Bruce Millar" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > About 6 months ago I hired a painting contractor to paint a rental
    > property that I own. The building was painted with white flat latex,
    > sprayed on. It was a "budget" job, which I am now regreting, as all
    > of the dust, pollen, etc. sticks right to the paint. The paint was
    > also put on too thin for my liking.
    >
    > My question - Can I apply a quality semi-gloss exterior latex directly
    > on top of the flat latex without priming? The flat latex has a
    > surface that looks and feels (to me, a non-painter) just about like a
    > primer. Opinions?


    Paint is fine, dirt is not. Powerwash it first, and remove any peeling
    paint obviously. Otherwise, flat paint essentially is primer (although it's
    not stain blocking of course.)
     
    jeffc, Apr 14, 2004
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    jeffc Guest

    "davefr" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > You'll probably want 2 coats anyway so I'd make the firt one a primer
    > coat tinted to half the color formula of the topcoat and then you can
    > probably get by with one topcoat assuming you use quality paint.


    I have never understood this advice. Just use the exact same color.
     
    jeffc, Apr 14, 2004
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    jeffc Guest

    "NorMinn" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > >
    > > I have never understood this advice. Just use the exact same color.

    >
    > Tint the primer so if coverage is not totally opaque there is less
    > contrast with the top coat. Primer can't be tinted as much as cover
    > coats or it reduces the primer adhesion/sealing qualities, according to
    > my favorite paint store salesman.


    Well I suppose if you're painting your walls red, it might be a problem.
    Otherwise, just use the exact same good quality paint you're going to use
    anyway (unless you need stain blocking or something, of course.)
     
    jeffc, Apr 14, 2004
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