Recommendations on how to prep and paint walls in mobile home. Thanks!

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  • Cathy Breeden Cathy Breeden on Jun 10, 2018
    Kilrz is a good primer base for painting most walls
  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 10, 2018
    Step 1: Wash the Walls
    Paint and primer will not stick to dirty walls.
    Smoke from cooking, dander from pets, and airborne particles from the furnace and air conditioner naturally stick to walls so you need a detergent or non-abrasive cleaner to get the walls as clean as possible.
    Every inch of the wall should be wiped with the cleaning agent, allowed to dry, and then wiped again.

    You want the primer and paint to bond to every part of the wall.
    Step 2: Use High-Quality Primer and Paint
    The paint industry continuously improves their recipes so chances are you will find a great primer and paint (or combination primer+paint) if you stick to the better-known brands. Ask your local home improvement store for the latest recommendation.
    Step 3: Use High-Quality Brushes and Rollers
    Using high-quality brushes and rollers is another popular recommendation from homeowners that have painted their mobile home walls successfully.
    High-quality brushes and rollers transfer the paint to the walls better and give a more uniform finish which is exactly what you need.

    Step 4: Use Several Light Coats
    All painting professionals will tell you that it’s better to paint walls in several light coats instead of one or two heavy coats. This allows the paint to dry faster and the finish will be more uniform and smooth.
    • Brenda Way Brenda Way on Jun 10, 2018
      Thank you! Do you have any suggestions on how to fill and cover the ugly vertical strapping on the walls?
  • Nan W. Nan W. on Jun 10, 2018
    If walls are greasy.... degrease. Otherwise just use a couple of coats of a good primer + paint. You may want to use a semi-gloss, as I would imagine a small mobile home would get lots of wear.
  • DesertRose DesertRose on Jun 10, 2018
    It depends on the age of the mobile home. If it is sheet rock from a newer home, do it the same as the sheet rock in any home. If it is plywood you can calk the cracks and apply non-aromatic Kilz primer, then paint as you would any wall.
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    • Brenda Way Brenda Way on Jun 12, 2018
      Thanks so much for all your help!