Going to be painting my cbs house which has some uneveness in the
finish where paint has peeled and been cleaned off. So there are going
to be different layers of paint on the otherwise fairly smooth surface.
I'd like to use a satin paint but wonder whether satin highlights
things like this more than flat. Do lighter colors show imperfections
more or less than dark?
Concrete block and stucco? We have same, which was repainted 5 years
ago. It was peeling horribly because previous paint job was applied
with no prep or cleaning. Pressure washing blasted off tons of paint, a
mess. We had a number of hairline cracks, which were patched with
brushable caulk (by contractor). Prime and one coat of acryllic latex
semi - looks great. I see no sign of previous peeling or irregularity,
other than texture of stucco. Usual paint for cbs in Florida is
acryllic latex semi-gloss, as semi keeps stuff from growing on it as
easy. We had some chips and broken places in stucco which hubby and I
patched with latex base stucco patch (DIF?), which comes in a tub from
HD. Works easy and blends nicely. Our contractor sprayed with bleach
prior to pressure washing, although there was a lot of mildew under the
old, peeling paint. They did a great job and it still looks good. If
you aren't in hot/humid climate, practices may be different.
What is a CBS house? Concrete block and stucco? If so, you are talking
about exterior? Or are we talking interior on plaster / drywall?
Generally speaking flat will make any cracks or imperfections less
noticeable. W/o knowing about cbs houses you may have other
considerations that may take precedence over hiding imperfections.
Why don't you fix, or have fixed, the walls before paining? Just a thought.
It's a late '50s south florida concrete block house. I don't know
whether the finish is stucco or not. When I think of stucco I think of
a heavily textured finish that's on mediterranean style houses, for
example. This house has a fairly smooth finish with just a couple of
hairline cracks. But as with the house of the poster above, the last
time it was painted it got a lousy prep job so there're a few areas of
peeling paint which when removed will result in multiple layers of
paint next to two layers (one prime/one finish) leaving a demarkation.
Removing *all* the paint would really be the only fix I think. Not
But you guys have answered my question anyway. Flat is better for
hiding imperfections. I wonder though, if I were to go ahead with
satin, whether a lighter color would be more forgiving than a darker
one, or vice-versa.
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