11:56AM | 12/02/02
Member Since: 12/01/02
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Hi There!

I am new house owner and need some help in painting our garage. It is unfinished. It is taped & sealed drywall, with nothing on it. The nails are smoothened but visible.

Do I have to do anything before painting the dry wall? Can I just use a sealer (may be 2 coats) and then paint it?

Any suggestions?



11:56PM | 12/02/02
Member Since: 07/28/02
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To make the walls look smoother you need to put some more drywall comopund/ mud on the nails and joints as when they do garages when the house is built the mininum is done. If the drywall has some age on it and has started to turn a brown color you will need to use an stain killer such as Zinnser Bin to hold this back as it will bleed thru latex sealers or at least that has been my experience. You may have to lightly sand the walls after you prime them as the face paper may fuzz up and then you are ready for the finish paint of your choice. Bear in mind the more sheen the finish paint has the better your finish work on the drywall has to be.


05:22AM | 12/03/02
Member Since: 11/19/02
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When you're ready to prime before painting, use a PVA primer / sealer on the walls.


11:45PM | 12/03/02
Member Since: 07/28/02
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If these walls have been up for a year or more stay away from the latex primer as more than likely you will have a bleed thru and you will have to apply the stain killer anyway.


06:50AM | 12/04/02
Member Since: 12/01/02
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Thanks for all the advices. Should I go for a oil primer? I don't know anything about painting and this is my first try. Bear with me if I am silly. What is mud/sanding mean?


01:05AM | 12/05/02
Member Since: 07/28/02
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The BIN primer from Zinsser is a pigmented shellac which dries fast and hold back stains very well.
Mud is also called wallboard joint compound and you can find it at paint stores and building supply stores. That is what goes over all your nails and the joints to smooth them out and cover them to. After you apply this you will need to sand thoes areas to smooth them out.
Good luck.


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