How to Paint Over Oil-based Paint

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17 Jun 2013

A Property24 reader asks:

A reader says he repainted his home but the new, water-based paint, which he applied over an old coat of oil-based paint seems to come off easily.

I recently repainted my home using a coat of Double Velvet over Velvaglo. The problem is that the new coat seems to come off easily, especially when I scratch my nail over it. What should I do?

Donovan Bezuidenhout, Plascon's Training Practitioner, advises:

Velvaglo is an oil-based paint with a sheen, and water-based paint such as Double Velvet does not adhere to oil-based or sheen surfaces.

You would need to remove the Double Velvet with RemovALL All Purpose paint remover. Wash the walls down with Polycell Sugar Soap and then wipe them clean and allow them to dry.

From there apply one coat of Plascon Universal undercoat and allow 16 hours to dry.

Apply two coats of Double Velvet with a drying time of four hours in between coats.

Please note that this time of the year drying times tend to be slower due to the moisture levels in the air.

Double Velvet is suitable for bedrooms, living areas and passageways.

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About the Author
Donovan Bezuidenhout

Donovan Bezuidenhout

Donovan Bezuidenhout is the Plascon Paint Academy Training Practitioner (retail division) for the Western Cape including the West Coast and the Southern Cape Region. He also assists with the PlasconDIY website, answering FAQs and providing information when required. He began his career in 1994 in the Paint and Hardware environment as a salesperson, then became a floor manager and a colour consultant where he was able to express his love for the combination of paint and colour. During this time he also developed a passion for learning and development of others and decided to use his knowledge of paint and colour to do this.

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