Interior Painting -
Frequently asked questions
Can I paint directly over wallpaper?
can be painted over with the proper preparations. Be sure
to remove any loose wallpaper, scuff/sand the surface,
then apply interior oil-based primer.
Can I apply latex paint over oil based paint?
Yes. Be sure
to prepare the surface properly before painting. Oil-based
paints should be sanded to a flat finish before painting.
After rinsing, apply Dutch Boy® oil-based primer and apply
desired latex paint.
Can I apply paint directly over a semi-gloss paint?
paint must be dulled to a flat finish by sanding*,
allowing proper adhesion. Removing or disturbing old paint
from interior or exterior surfaces by sanding, scraping,
abrading or other means may produce dust, debris or fumes
that contain lead. Exposure to lead dust, debris or fumes
may cause brain damage or other adverse health effects,
especially in children and pregnant women. Structures
built before 1978 should be tested by a licensed inspector
prior to removing or disturbing old paint.
Can I use exterior paint on the inside of my house?
paints are formulated to be more flexible to withstand
temperature and climate change.
How can I best prepare my walls before I paint?
have never been painted should have a recommended primer
applied before painting. For previously painted walls,
thoroughly wash them with a mild soap and water solution,
then rinse with clean water. If your existing surface was
painted previously with semi-gloss paint, the surface
should be lightly sanded to a duller finish. If the walls
have not been painted in five years or longer or are
stained then primer should be used.
How much paint do I need?
one-coat coverage, paint should be applied at a maximum of
400 square feet per gallon. Rough or textured surfaces may
require more paint. On these areas allow for 125-300
square feet per gallon.