Asked on Dec 11, 2019

How do I paint a wall that has been painted with PVA paint?

Cynthia HToni @ Girl, Just DIY!Sharon


the house i am staying in has been paint with PVA white paint i would like to paint again because i can not wash the walls it become ugly.

9 answers
  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom
    on Dec 11, 2019

    You can ask at your local hardware store what they would recommend for you to paint over the PVA paint.

  • Alida Duvenhage
    on Dec 11, 2019


  • Michelle Leslie
    on Dec 11, 2019

    Hi Alida, PVA paint is water based so you shouldn't have any problems painting over them with other water based paints (most interior paints are water based) or enamel (oil based paints)

  • Unexpected Elegance
    on Dec 11, 2019

    I would suggest a satin finish or semi-gloss. I wrote this post that might help you decide:

  • Em
    on Dec 11, 2019

    Acrylic PVA is a brilliant smooth matt wall and ceiling paint, offering a high hiding finish that eliminates plaster imperfections and blemishes. PVA is formulated for easy application and can be used for both interior and exterior surfaces. So any paint you choose should be fine.

  • Johnavallance82
    on Dec 11, 2019

    Hello Alida,

    I should imagine you use the same PVA paint that was used the first time. Ask at a Paint Shop as I have never had to solve that problem before.

  • Sharon
    on Dec 13, 2019

    Matt paint is not good for wall washing, select a satin finish of a water-based latex with a buildin primer.... like Behr or Valspar from your home store.

  • Toni @ Girl, Just DIY!
    on Dec 18, 2019

    I believe PVA is just a primer they use over drywall so you should be able to paint over it with standard interior latex paint.

  • Cynthia H
    on Dec 18, 2019

    Any good quality latex paint should be fine. If it is really dingy, I would use Kilz or another sealer first.

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