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Covering dark walls

CathD
Super Contributor

Covering dark walls

I want to paint over interior walls that are currently very dark grey. I want to paint them white to make the rooms fresher. What preparation should I do to make sure I end up with a good result?

 

Ta,

 

Cath

ProjectPete
Valued Contributor

Re: Covering dark walls

Hi @CathD, good question. I wondered the same thing when I recently started repainting my new house white - I chose Dulux Lexicon Quarter. I had to cover some darkish walls, a very vibrant green and I have 1 darkish blue wall to go.

 

I'm no expert, and I think my answer will prove that, however this is what I did and it's worked perfectly. I simply lightly sanded and cleaned the walls and started painting - nothing secret here. Then I did as many coats as necessary til the walls were white enough. The most coats I've had to do so far was on the vibrant green wall - 5 coats.

 

So please, if someone has a special trick - please share

 

I guess the most important thing is that you use quality paint (Dulux) and rollers (Monarch Razorback are great). Also just have a chat to the paint peeps at Bunnings (or Dulux direct) and let them know what you're doing because the tint in some whites can make the job a little easier.

KingStreetReno
Experienced Contributor

Re: Covering dark walls

There are now paint products on the market that are specifically for covering dark walls. I would speak to a specialist at your local paint store before wasting days with multiple coats! Dulux definitely do one called Wash&Wear + Super Hide.

ProjectPete
Valued Contributor

Re: Covering dark walls

Wish they told me about the SuperHide bit @KingStreetReno!

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