Painting Over Old Oil-based Paint

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02 Jul 2013

A Property24 reader asks:

A Property24 reader asks how long it will take for a new coat of oil-based paint to harden over old oil-based paint.

I’d like to repaint my walls, which were previously coated in Velvaglo. How long will it take for a new coat of Velvaglo to harden over the old paint?

Donovan Bezuidenhout, Plascon’s Training Practitioner, advises:

Because of the sheen level you’ll need to sand down the walls with a fine sandpaper to roughen the surface slightly.

Wipe off the dust with a clean, dry cloth and then wash the walls down with Polycell Sugar Soap. Wipe the walls clean and allow them to dry.

Finally apply two coats of Velvaglo with a drying time of 16 to 24 hours in between coats.

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

Velvaglo is suitable for kitchen and bathroom walls, and wooden and metal surfaces.

Readers may submit questions to Property24’s Guest Expert panel and/or comment below. We may not be able to answer all questions received, but all will be considered. 

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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