How to Paint Vinyl Wallboard
LESLIE: Cindy in Texas has a painting question. How can we help?
CINDY: I have – my bathroom and my kitchen have this weird kind of wallboard in it and it’s almost like a plastic. I had gone to one of the hardware stores and the man told me if I bought some KILZ and painted it with the KILZ and then whatever kind of paint I wanted to use, it would take care of the problem. But someone else told me that if I did that, the paint would probably peel off. Do you have a suggestion?
LESLIE: And you’re sure the vinyl is not like a vinyl wallpaper on top of regular wall?
CINDY: I don’t think so. I think it’s some kind of weird wallboard stuff.
TOM: OK, well I think the advice that your hardware store guy gave you is the right advice. I would, however, clarify that you should use oil-based KILZ because it comes in oil-based and an acrylic base. And whenever you have a very difficult material like that, you really do want to use the oil base, even though it’s a little more difficult to clean up. You’ll get better adhesion.
And once you have that material on with good adhesion to whatever this vinyl-covered wallboard is below, then I think you’re going to find that you can put a good-quality wall paint over that and you’ll be much happier with the result.
CINDY: OK, OK. And so then I should use the oil-based with an oil-based paint over the top of that?
TOM: No, no. You don’t need oil-based …
TOM: No, you do not need an oil-based topcoat.
CINDY: OK, so just that.
TOM: Just use an oil-based primer and you can use a latex topcoat.
CINDY: OK. Well, I’m going to try that, then.
TOM: It’s the only time that oil and water do really mix. (chuckles) OK?
CINDY: OK, thank you so much.
TOM: You’re welcome, Cindy. Thanks so much for calling us.
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