11:13AM | 06/24/06
Member Since: 06/23/06
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Hi: I just recently moved into a really old house. I want to paint all the doors. The few I started, well the paint is peeling right off. Why and what can I do? Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am doing this by myself. Thank you


04:11PM | 06/24/06
Member Since: 07/28/02
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Is the paint already on the doors peeling?

Is it the paint you are applying?

If it is the existing paint is it peeling to another coat of paint or bare wood?


07:10PM | 06/24/06
Member Since: 06/23/06
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HI: The paint that is on the doors is not peeling. I bought new paint (semi gloss) and that paint is peeling off. I think that maybe the paint that was/is on the doors has a oil base. My paint doesn't. Could this be the problem? Thanks for the help.


02:31AM | 06/28/06
Member Since: 07/28/02
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Yes I very well could be that the doors are painted with an oil based paint and most latex paints will not stick to it.

Before you paint the doors with any type of paint you need to sand and clean with ammonia and water the existing paint to give the new paint something to adhear to.

As far as paint goes you can go back with an oil based paint over what is there or my choice would be to prime with an oil based undercoater (not a stain killer quick dry type) and then topcoat with an acrylic/latex semi-gloss or gloss. The acylic /latex will not yellow over time like the oil based and the way things are going you will not be able to get the oil based in certain parts of the country in a few years anyway.

You local paint store can help you with the paint.


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