I'm a DIY expert and here's how painting over damp should be carried out

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Damp is a destroyer in the home and can lead to all sorts of problems. And painting over damp is one simple solution to help hide the ugly marks and stains that it leaves behind. But it is not just as simple as giving it a wipe clean and adding a few coats of paint.

Damp needs to be dealt with before you think about painting over it. Once it has been then it's time to do your prep and pick the right paints to make sure that you get a finish that stays fresh and looking good.  

Painting over damp: what do I need to do first?

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.