trying to paint a bedroom, that has been papered and previously painted , but the paint won't stick to the wall , its all patchy I let it dry for a few days, tried again but the roller is just removing paint, or its just not taking any paint

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The walls need to be prepared first.

Light sand and then TSP cleaner over all the walls. If the old paint is oil based, you then need a coat of primer before you paint.

  • +1 for the mentioning of TSP. Another good suggestion is the primer. Make sure you use a good "High Cover" type primer. They make some specifically for situations like this that have zinc and other bonding agents that help bond to the substrate. Jul 29, 2015 at 20:04

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