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Wolley

04:21PM | 03/16/03
To me, it sounds like it could be a compatibility issue. Is the topcoat the same brand and line as the primer? I had a similar problem in the past. I had a wall separated in two horizontally by a chair rail moulding. The top of the wall was painted with Pratt & Lambert's Accolade (top of their line) eggshell latex paint, and the bottom with Sico eggshell latex paint. I washed the entire walls the same day with TSP, then rinsed with clean water. When I applied Para brand paint, it covered the Sico paint with no problem, but it pearled as you describe over the Pratt & Lambert paint. I then wiped the paint with a solution of water and ammonia, let dry 2 days, and applied Para's 777 SuperStick latex primer, with no problem. Then my finish coat sticked very well to the 777 Primer. Maybe your topcoat is easy to remove, since it didn't adhere well to the primer. It might peel off like a banana peel. If it's the case, remove it all, and try topcoating it with Behr latex paint, preferably the same line as the primer. Hope this will work out for you, and will be easier than sand and redo the work again.
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