03:29PM | 05/20/07
Member Since: 05/19/07
2 lifetime posts
I am trying to repaint my kitchen but for some reason whatever paint I use, the paint won't stick. I tried sanding the walls first, then applying oil based primer, but the paint can be easily scratched off. I also tried on one wall using paint thinner to clean I guess any oils or greese on the wall, then applying primer but it still does not stick to the wall. The biggest problem is that I am not sure what type of paint is there now, or how the kitchen was painted before. Whatever I try, the paint continues to peel off easily. What can I do? There must be something I can do to make the paint stick.


04:31PM | 05/20/07
Member Since: 07/28/02
1358 lifetime posts
There is some type of contamination on the surface that is not allowing the new paint to adhear and it could very well be grease. I would wash the walls down with paint thinner and follow that with an ammonia and water wash to remove the grease. Then prime the entire surface with a pigmented shellac based primer such as Zinsser BIN which sticks to alot of difficult surfaces. The finish paint can be a acrylic semi-gloss or eggshell finish.

Hope this helps out.


09:05PM | 05/25/07
Member Since: 08/20/04
32 lifetime posts
Hi ClaireD,

Can you give a little history of the home/kitchen area?

* Age of home, age of existing paint-job, any kitchen remodeling, was any wallpaper ever painted over/removed...?

* How long were you waiting after application b4 trying scrape off the paint & primer?

* Normally, cleaning with Dirtex, rinsing, and letting it dry a day before priming does wonders!

* BIN primer from Zinsser adheres well to slicker surfaces. Fairly strong alcohol odor though...have windows open.

* Latex paints work just fine on this primer.

* Use a Satin or Semi-gloss (2 coats!!!) for Kitchen.

Let us know the details!



04:27PM | 05/28/07
Member Since: 05/19/07
2 lifetime posts
thanks guys, this is what i did. i sanded the walls, applied paint thinner, then some special primer, and then the paint and it worked great. thanks again for helping out guys


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