Can I Paint Over Old Paint? When a wall has been painted once then there should not be any problem in painting it again but the final looks can depend on various conditions like:
So the method of painting over it can be different in different conditions. These methods are briefly discussed hereunder for your consideration.
When you are using the same color, shade, and type to paint a wall, having old paint in good condition then you may not need to prepare that wall. The wall is already clean and smooth as the condition of the previous paint is good enough.
In this condition, you can directly start painting the wall to give it a refreshing look.
If the condition of the wall is not very good then you will have to prepare it with similar color, shade, and type. You will have to use a compound to fill cracks and holes on the wall and sand it.
If there is a piece of new drywall on this wall then you may have to primer the entire wall to provide a consistent and smooth base to the new coat. Most of the imperfections of the already painted wall will also be covered by the primer.
Now you can use the the similar color, shade, and types to repaint it.
If the wall was previously painted with latex-based paint and now you want to use an oil-based one, then you will have to coat it with a layer of primer to create a kind of intermediary layer.
The layer of primer will allow your fresh oil-based paint to adhere effectively to the latex-based. One or two coats of primer can allow your existing painted wall to develop an effective bond with the new oil-based paint.
If you want to paint the wall with an opposite shade and color when an extremely bright or dark color has been used on it then you can do it depending on different conditions.
If the condition of the wall is good and the composition of the new and old paints is the same then to cover the bright colored old one, you will have to apply several coats of opposite shade.
But if you want to save some money then you can apply a few coats of primer on the existing one to cover it up. You can also use a primer to cover remnants of the wallpaper used on the wall if any.
While purchasing primer you should compare the quality and price of different types of primers available in the market to get the best product within your budget. It will allow you to change the color of your already painted wall inexpensively as it will enable you to finish the task in 1-2 coats.
So, you can choose from these methods according to your convenience and budget. If you have a limited budget then you choose the supplies within your budget by comparing the prices of different options.
Thus, painting over the old paint is possible by following the tips provided in this write-up. Though, you can save some money by comparing the prices and quality of the primer and paint while purchasing them still should buy them a bit more than actually required quantities.
Sometimes the shade is created by mixing a few options. In such conditions, it can be difficult to prepare its exact quantity. So instead of getting short of the shade by the end of the project, it is better to have more than the required quantity while purchasing it.