Why is my interior paint still feeling tacky?

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I painted my walls over top of horrible cheap paneling. This is inside a mobile home. I used Valspar’s best paint that has a primer in it. Could that be my problem. Should I have primed the walls first?

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  • Eco.cambra Eco.cambra on Feb 05, 2018
    HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN DRYING?
  • In my opinion, yes. I am not in favor of all in one paints. Did you wash the walls first? How hot or cold is the room? Humidity level? All these factors can contribute to dry time and quality.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 05, 2018
    The pain t and primer in not a issue I use it all the time.What was the temperature inside when painting was done
  • Sherry Zink Morrison Sherry Zink Morrison on Feb 05, 2018
    Yes, I did clean the walls first, just didn’t prime them. It’s dry in here, I have electric heat in the winter and ac in the summer. Its not humid at all.
  • Sharon Sharon on Feb 06, 2018
    Did you degrease the walls prior to painting? Was the paneling already painted, cause I am thinking somehow there was oil-based paint on the walls and you tried latex paint over it which can create a sticky mess. You would have needed to use a Primer like Zinseer B-I-N or 123.
    I would contact Valspar customer service to see if they can help you.
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    • Sharon Sharon on Feb 06, 2018
      I would contact Valspar first, because that may not solve the problem without removing some of the sticky coating. They usually recommend you sand it first to get better adhesion and remove any flaking paint.
  • CiCi CiCi on Feb 06, 2018
    Hate to break it to you but yes you needed a really good primer like Kilz first and then paint. The finish on panelling, cheap or otherwise, won't allow the paint to grab without it. Sigh.
  • Eco.cambra Eco.cambra on Feb 06, 2018
    LOL weird! May want to do another coat, was it gloss paint?
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