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    Unhappy Soft distemper

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    After stripping the wallpaper from an old 1930's house last week we discovered soft distemper. Just so nobody else makes the same mistakes as we did in our attempts to seal it, PVA, artex sealer, glue size, or wallpaper paste will not work with this horrible stuff. Only stabilizer and oil based undercoat did the trick. After reading a few DIY forums I discovered we could have washed it off or painted a coat of Zinsser GARDZ to fix the problem.

    Risking giving away my age and the fact that we don't work in many older properties but have any of you guys had problems with distemper or limewash before?
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    We sell loads of artex stabilex for soft white wash - seems to be loads of bad old artex jobs in east anglia (certain texture maunufacturer used to be big around here wont mention any names!!)

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    We got the job done but it took a day longer than planned. Artex stabilex
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    Distempers and Limewash will give you similar problems. a relic from the stone ages before you could buy paint of the shelf. Mainly used on old houses with lime plaster and ancient cave paintings (kidding), was good for dampness as it allowed the walls to breathe freely. Painters mixed this cheap paint themselves from glue, lime and chalk and colour pigments.

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    Ah distemper, or whitening as its called in these parts, always there in older properties to trap the unwary. It had been done away with by the time I had started my time but I have encountered it more times than I would like to remember. In my opinion, for what its worth, and I know there are some cracking primer/sealer's out there, the only 100% guaranteed solution to prevent trouble with future coatings etc is to wash the stuff off. Time consuming and messy no doubt but as I said, a guaranteed solution.
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    Default distemper, limewash

    these substrates are often found in churches and older buildings, you need to use a top quality product on these, easy to coat over, there is classidur tradition but its expensive at about 20 a litre or there is Elite heritage which is about 8.00 per litre but is just as good if not better. you can get this at
    spray-shop.co.uk all you need to do is brush off any flakes and then just put it straight on. both of these products are self priming and can be tinted. both fantastic although heritage has got the nod due to the price

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