Patchy walls when painting?

Discussion in 'Getting Started FAQ' started by Laura0816, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. Laura0816

    Laura0816 New Member

    okay, so I started redecorating my room, it looks good except, one wall from an angle looks so badly patchy it’s awful, I don’t know how to fix this, and the easiest way to fix this? I will attach a picture,I’d be sooo greatful for advice!!
     

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  2. Astramax

    Astramax Well-Known Member

    From the photo the wall looks to have a texture probably from previous decorating, this requires sanding flat, it will be a nightmare of a job and best tackled with an orbital sander to shift it...............or line the wall with a quality lining paper after remedial preparation.
     
  3. Laura0816

    Laura0816 New Member

    Ah thank you so much for helping me!! I had the same problem with 2 bathrooms also! It is a new build and the walls are definitely not smooth! So should I buy a sander or line it? What would you think be more effective? Thanks again! :)
     
  4. Astramax

    Astramax Well-Known Member

    How are you at paperhanging?..........perhaps give sanding the wall a go first, you will have to do the whole wall to get it all the same finish! :(
     
  5. RolandK

    RolandK Active Member

    I had a load of sanding ceilings and walls recently and got fed up with the dust so took a punt and tried a Marshalltown VS733 Dry WallSander £23 from Amazon, Was amazed how good it was for the money hooked up to my workshop vac. Wouldn't stand up to everyday use but ok on a diy basis. One of those and a roll of sanding mesh so you can cut your own sheets to go on it.
     
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  6. Astramax

    Astramax Well-Known Member

    That system would be hard work as it is human power, the lady poster would find a power sander requires a lot less brute force, got to say though that those types of sander and abrasive sheets do a brilliant job.
     
  7. RolandK

    RolandK Active Member

    That's true it is hard work especially doing a ceiling and working overhead if you're not used to it. Did look at dust free power sanders but a bit pricey!
     
  8. Wayners

    Wayners Well-Known Member

    It's called paint flashing. Sand. Seal with acrylic primer like the layland primer undercoat from screwfix. Top off with a flat emulsion.
     
  9. Laura0816

    Laura0816 New Member

    Okay thank you! I haven’t tried it before but yeh don’t know before you try! It’s not a big wall thankfully as I have a walk in closet taking lots of space!
     
  10. Laura0816

    Laura0816 New Member

    Would I just do this over the effected area? Or the entire wall? Is it nothing to do with wall texture? Thank you for the advice :)
     
  11. Laura0816

    Laura0816 New Member

    Oh I will look into that! I like doing DIY jobs so I am up to try whatever :)
     
  12. Astramax

    Astramax Well-Known Member

    Plenty od vid's on YouTube!;)
     
  13. Wayners

    Wayners Well-Known Member

    Do the entire wall with uc. Let it dry 6+ hours. Will give nice surface to paint however don't go back over yourself with emulsion after 2 minutes or paint may play up as will skin over. Let it dry 6+ hours and then second coat. What paint you using?
     
  14. Laura0816

    Laura0816 New Member

    I am using valspar paint! It isn’t a thick paint but hopefully I can try what you’ve recommended and I don’t make a bad job of that to haha!
     
  15. Astramax

    Astramax Well-Known Member

    Valspar.......................ooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh dear:eek::( on here it's known as Valspar as we don't shout about that particular brand.
     
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  16. Wayners

    Wayners Well-Known Member

    Ah. Valspar premium gold is self undercoating however, it goes a bit funny over pours surfaces on the first coat I have found. Very liquid plastic type paint and can pickle up. I prime with uc and sometimes I get it the undercoat tinted to stop the problems.
     

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