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    Exclamation How do I prep old and damaged walls for paint?

    Help!! We are moving into a 1930s Tudor style home that has been neglected and beat up over the years. We would like to paint the entire interior before we move in but there is so much damage to walls, we don't even know how to begin the painting process.

    The walls are sort of a smooth/orange peel finish. When we repair certain areas, I'm assuming we will be sanding that area to blend in with the wall...Should we go ahead and sand the entire wall to create a totally smooth surface since we will be repairing so many areas?

    Some areas, specifically the window and door trims, have so many layers of paint, would it be better to strip the paint? Or should we just sand them down?

    See attached pictures to get an idea of the damage. We would appreciate any advice!!
    Thank you!





    Last edited by katiejeane; 03-02-2011 at 03:42 PM.

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    Default Re: How do I prep old and damaged walls for paint?

    You need to be carefull about sanding or stripping the paint, with a house that old there is a good chance that some of the paint may have lead in it.
    HOPE THIS IS HELPFUL!

    Oklahoma City, OK

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    Default Re: How do I prep old and damaged walls for paint?

    I am aware there is probably lead paint under the newer layers of paint. That is also a challenge, of which I would love some advice.

    Thank you!
    KJ

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    Default Re: How do I prep old and damaged walls for paint?

    go to your local paint store and get information on dealing with lead paint. for the walls you could apply a knockdown texture to the walls with drywall mudd, you could buy paint with sand texture in it, there are several options it depends how much time and or money you are willing to spend.
    HOPE THIS IS HELPFUL!

    Oklahoma City, OK

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    Default Re: How do I prep old and damaged walls for paint?

    Thank you for the advice.

    We want to try to do as much of this ourselves.

    I really don't want to add the knockdown texture because I'd like to stay true to the original style of the home. Also, a lot of the sanding and repair work is needed on the window and door trims which, of course, we can't cover with texture.

    I also hate the idea of adding more layers to the problem. I want to take care of this properly and restore it to it's original beauty rather than cover it up.

    There has to be a way to treat/remove lead paint??

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    Default Re: How do I prep old and damaged walls for paint?

    Hi from Fargo, ND Katiejeane!

    This can be a complex issue, because everyone has different "wallet-sizes" and DIY-work/time-thresholds!

    Couple options for trim:
    * Remove and replace. This is the quickest IMO...BUT the most $$$, depending on trims' complexity.
    * Use of "safe-strippers". Slow, somewhat spendy, but effective & safe. On larger older restorations, it's the only choice usually.
    >>> It's usually the classic "Time-vs.-money" issue!

    Wall restoration:
    >>> Since the possibility of Lead (at some layer) is high, have the whole paint-layer tested.

    I would do this...
    * Use a specialty primer, like Zinsser's Gardz, after you've washed walls with Dirtex POWDERED cleaner. Gardz will penetrate/stabilize older wall films.
    * Now, since wall layers are "stabilized", DO ANY REPAIRS, & skim-coat the walls with good joint compound, like USG Plus3. This MAY be better hired-out. A practiced hand at this will minimize messy sanding, and leave a BEAUTIFUL smooth surface.
    * I wouldn't apply further texure!!! Smooth walls are a thing of beauty, and can add resale to the home if done right!!!
    * When walls are textured smooth, sanded, and wiped CLEAN of dust, apply 2 coats of a top-notch primer.
    * AT LAST....you're ready for 2 FULL coats of your finish paint!

    It's been quite a "Journey" hasn't it?!?!


    Faron

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