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How to Paint Interior Limewash and Distemper Walls and Ceilings

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The highly porous and permeable nature of limewash and distemper surfaces creates a host of painting challenges. Below we show you how to overcome them on interior projects with Zinsser AllCoat (Solvent Based). It is a 4-in-1 primer, sealer, stain blocker and finish available in virtually any colour and leaves a matt finish that is virtually odour free during application.

Surface Preparation

All surfaces must be clean, dry and free from anything that will interfere with the adhesion of the materials to be applied. Remove loose material by scraping or brushing with a stiff bristle brush to a sound edge. Prior to painting, the moisture content should not exceed 18%. Remove all visible signs of organic growth and treat the areas with Zinsser Mould Killer & Remover in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow to dry. Fill any cracks and small surface defects with Zinsser Ready Patch or Zinsser Ready Patch Lite as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow to dry. Rub down with a fine grade abrasive paper. Remove all dust.

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Patch Priming

Patch prime all bare and filled areas with one coat of Zinsser AllCoat (Solvent Based) Primer and Finish in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow a minimum drying time of 2 hours in normal drying conditions.

Priming

Prime all areas to be decorated with one full coat of Zinsser AllCoat (Solvent Based) Primer and Finish. Allow a minimum drying time of 2 hours in normal drying conditions.

Decoration

Decorate with one full coat of Zinsser AllCoat (Solvent Based) Primer and Finish in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions

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