How Do I Paint Distemper?

Distemper paint predates the advent of modern latex and acrylic based paints and is an older more traditional paint covering made from chalk or lime powder mixed with a traditional animal derived glue.  It can be easily identified by rubbing your hand or cloth over the surface where it will leave a white chalky residue. 

Its chalky nature and chemical properties make adhesion of a new paint covering difficult.  We would advise patch testing the below process before embarking on the entire surface as there are may factor that will lead to a stable and long lasting finish.

This is a difficult substrate so please do not hesitate to get in touch with our technical team on 0131 334 4999 or send a message here.


Wash and thoroughly scrub the surface using our Maalipesu Cleaning Agent, if mould is present be sure to use our Mould Removal Solution. Allow to dry fully. The aim is to remove as much of the unadhered paint to provide a stable surface.


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