BM Aura Bath & Spa over semi-gloss?

flicka001May 1, 2012

I just had a bathroom remodeled and unfortunately I didn't specify the type of paint (one of my many lessons learned on a first remodel). The contractor painted the whole room in semi-gloss. This might have been fine if all the drywall had been replaced but it is older and has lots of patches and every little defect shows.

I previously had a BM pearl in the bathroom but just saw they have a new matte Aura Bath and Spa paint. If I want to use this over the semi-gloss (BM Regal), do I need to prime first? I'm painting in the same color.

And any cons with the BM Aura paint?

Thank you so much.

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jessicaml

The only con I've heard about Aura is the learning curve to use it and the price. No personal experience, but it's supposedly the ultimate paint. You'll want to either sand lightly to scuff up the semi-gloss sheen, or use a bonding primer (ie: Zinsser 123, BM Fresh Start All-purpose Primer).

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 12:32AM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

No, you do not NEED a primer. Just do as the above poster said, scruff it up with some 100 grit paper, clean the dust off and paint away.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 4:44AM
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flicka001

Thanks! Guess I'll have to research the "learning curve" on the paint.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 8:02PM
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brendainnj

I just did this exact same thing in my bathroom...20 yr-old semi gloss on the walls. I cleaned the walls well but that's it. I used 2 coats of Aura (didn't really need to, but I wanted maximum protection). Honestly, after reading a lot of the posts about Aura, I was a little anxious, but I had absolutely no problems. And it looks wonderful--no water marks from steam like before. However, be careful of hair spray--it will leave spots & I still have not found a way to remove them without taking off the paint as well. This is a problem with any paint, why doesn't someone create a "stain-resistant" paint, rather than just washable?

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 8:28PM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

This is a problem with any paint, why doesn't someone create a "stain-resistant" paint, rather than just washable?

Back in the day, it was called "oil" and it had lead in it.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 4:10AM
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