Covering Stains, Grease, Graffiti, and Problem Surfaces.
Most folks find out about
stains and problem surfaces after it is too late --
during, or after they are done, painting. Repeated coats
of paint won't cover properly because the problem areas
bleed through the new paint.
Special Problem Areas
Old paint, oil or lead based
Grease, oil, mold, or mildew
Graffiti, ball point ink, permanent markers, paint
Bad plaster, crumbling or water damaged
Old oil and lead base paints often used special pigments
that bleed through new latex paints. Light colors might
not bleed at all while some darker colors cannot be
covered even with several coats of paint. You can test a
small area, let it dry for 24 hours, and check for
To seal the old paint, you need to use a special primer.
Normally, it will be an oil base primer especially made to
cover oil base paint before painting with latex paint. Be
sure to get one designed for this purpose. Be sure to
follow the directions for drying time before applying the
first coat of paint.
Grease, oil, mold, or mildew should be cleaned with a
household clearner first. Next, clean with a solution made
for use before painting, such as Soilax. You can purchase
it at a paint or hardware store. After the soiled areas
are dry, paint them will a special primer designed for
hiding these kind of spots.
Porters--Stay-Kill--primer works well. You can prime the
entire surface, or just cover up the soiled areas. Be sure
to follow the directions for drying time before applying
the first coat of paint.
Graffiti, ball point ink, permanent markers, and paint can
be covered with a special primer designed for hiding these
kinds of spots. Porters Stay-Kill primer works well. You
need to cover the soiled areas. Be sure to follow the
directions for drying time before applying a second coat
of primer or the first coat of paint.
Bad plaster, crumbling or water damaged needs to be
cleaned first. Use a scrub brush and water to remove all
the loose plaster. If there's extensive damage, you should
repair the damaged plaster, too. Water damage causes some
of the chemicals in plaster to bleed through new paint.
It's a good idea to use a primer like Porters Stay-Kill
before painting. Be sure to follow the directions for
drying time before applying a second coat of primer or the
first coat of paint.
Painting tips . . .
Buy good quality paint. Porters are one of the brands that
are good, however, other name brands are good, too, and
have similar types of primers and paints.
In kitchens, bathrooms, and high-traffic areas, use a
"latex enamel" paint which is more waterproof and can be
Allow plenty of drying time for a primer, and between each
coat of paint. Getting in a hurry might end up with a poor
finish, or require an additional coat of paint
If you're trying to get by with just one coat of paint,
don't apply it to heavy. If a second coat is needed, you
will have wasted paint
If you plan to use two coats of paint, don't put the first
coat on too thin. Two even coats will look better and last
Be sure you have plenty of ventilation. If you're painting
your home, plan to does it during warm weather so you can
leave the windows open during, and for several days after,