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Matt over silk - explain the simple way please!

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by saz1970, 13 Oct 2006.

  1. saz1970

    saz1970

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    Hello

    I posted a little while ago about a disasterous paint job I had done which I am still trying to put right!!

    My question now is how do I avoid the same problem with my other rooms? I now realise that the problem (cracking paint) was caused by painting matt emulsion over silk. All the rooms are silk. I would prefer a matt finish but really can't face another disaster. I also did NOT sand before I started.

    Can someone please explain a simple step by step procedure to paint my rooms without cracks. Can I put matt over the silk (if I sand it down this time), should I repaint with more silk or is lining paper the way to go?

    Thanks

    Saz
     
  2. Third_Eye

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    Rub down all Silk surfaces till sheen has gone. Then apply a coat of Leylend Vinyl Matt over the area. Thats the trick realy. Caution though, and that is Leyland Vinyl Matt Brilliant White has terrible covering power over coloured surfaces.
     
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    You might want to think about using wet an dry paper to rub it down with..240 grade should do.

    Ordinary abrasive paper clogs terrible when you rub silk down

    Thirds...why Leyland?...does it handle the silk cracking problem better than other brands?
     
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    In my experience "Zampa", 'yes' is the answer to your question. The reason is, i have never experienced "Crazing" with Leyland Vinyl Matt over silk, but i have with other brands. Also, i find when using Leyland Vinyl Matt over silk that there is no need to thin down. However, on the other hand, Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt, can be to thick to be applied unthinned, over silk. This can cause "Splitting" of the 'Cutting In' from the brush marks when using Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt over silk. If u c wot i mean. However, Dulux Trade is good paint. It's just that certain Brands have better paint for different enviroments, whether intentional or non-intentional, by paint makers !
     
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    Thank you guys! I will give that a try.

    Saz
     
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