How do you cover a black painted interior wall?

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Mary Staff asked 4 years ago

My son is moving into a house previously owned by Goths. The interior walls and woodwork have been beautifully painted in black. What is the best way to proceed so that I can help him give his daughter a pink bedroom, and return the other rooms to a more acceptable color?

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crowderpainting Staff answered 9 years ago

Identify the type of black paint that was used. If it is oil based then prime with an oil base primer. Kilz oil base works good.

Then, use a top quality flat paint for the first coat, mixed to the color you want. For white, have the paint store put a little extra titanium white in the paint for better coverage. Some manufactures call this "High Hide White". You can also have a little lamp black added to a white base. This is called "Knock Down White" and will cover better than a pure white paint.

Using a flat first coat will cover the black better than a satin or semi-gloss. After the flat dries you can paint with any sheen you desire and have better coverage.

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