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    Default Painting over the delightful hue of mission brown

    Hi there, first time reader, first time quetsioner.

    We bought an old Fibro Ex-houso house which has all doors, window's and linen cupboard painted in the delightful hue of mission brown.

    My delightful dad has done some stripping of the missio brown (as I like to call it) on the door frames etc but I was wondering what the general protocol is on painting over this delightful colour.

    The linen cupboard is almost an artform devoted to the colour and am super keen to paint over it but not sure if I need ot sand, strip it or just embrace the missio.?

    Advice would be greatly appreciated as I'm abit over all the brown!

    cheers,

    bebbo

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    The only safe way to approach the colour 'mission brown' is either with a heat gun or a wrecking bar.....it is that dangerous. Painting over it just hides the horror - the horror remains.....lurking.

    But then I may also be a little unstable....
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    Sand the surface removing any sheen or gloss. Then apply a coat of oil based sealer tinted to the colour you want to paint the top coats in. Then apply either oil based or water based top coats.

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    Mission brown? Nuke it from orbit; it's the only way to be sure!
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    Yep, had a Mission Brown house in the 70s (great colour then!)

    However, getting rid of it by stripping is the best approach but not always worth the time and effort. The next best if the surface is in good condition is to give it a light sand then cover with the ever popular, fix anything Zinsser. The right product (see their web site) will seal and stick to anything, and give you a good primed surface for whatever you put on next. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Splinter View Post
    Mission brown? Nuke it from orbit; it's the only way to be sure!
    Mission Brown = Alien
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    Teehee, agreed the colour is alien and should not be trusted!

    thanks for the tips guys. Shall investigate them all and say goodbye to Mr Mission!

    Wish me luck!

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    Does all this mean you are from Mission Control?

    As said above, light sand over all, then oil-based undercoat, then topcoats (2) of your choice.

    What were they smoking in the 70s? How could Mission Brown ever have been a fashion colour?

    Good luck

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    Why is mission brown so bad to paint over?Why cant you just paint over it like any other colour? I'm interested in this because I have to do a rental house we have & a lot of the exterior timber is mission brown & I was all preparing to paint it, possibly with a spray gun.
    Is there something in mb or is it just a bad colour that bleeds through another top coat?
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    It is just that it is a strong colour and can show through the top coat when you paint over it, the puns about the colour are just cultural cringe. However when I see it I must confess to a wave of overwhelming nausea so perhaps it is the work of alliens.

    Applying an undercoat or sealer helps by blocking the colour and providing a good base for whatever follows it.

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    What about the beer bottle glass shower screens and light fittings!
    Ah happy memories

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