I am planning to repaint a room which is currently dark red ('Spanish
Rose' if memory serves.) The new colour is likely to be much lighter,
if not off-white. What will I need to do in terms of undercoating? I
was going to paint one or two coats of a dark grey and then a lighter
grey and then one or two coats of the final colour. Is there a more
effective and/or cheaper way of doing this?
If it makes any difference, the original red is matt and the new final
colour is likely to be satin or similar.
I think what I would do here is an undercoat of brilliant white matt
emulsion paint, which is cheap, has excellent coverage and filling
properties, dries quickly, and leaves an excellent surface for just
about any other paint. It will also be obvious if you haven't covered
the old paint well enough. I wouldn't use any undercoat which is darker
than your top coat.
I would wash the existing walls with sugarsoap before you start.
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Had a similar problem a few years ago with a brown - yes, brown! - wall.
Two coates of good quality white emulsion, followed by your colour (perhaps
more than one coat, see what it looks like when dry).
I have just repainted a room that was very strong yellow and is now very
pale cream. I put one coat of white silk emulsion on first then followed by
two coats of pale cream emulsion. The only way to be sure is to try it on a
small test area first to see if the final colour is the intended one.
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