11:06AM | 05/25/01
Member Since: 05/16/01
4 lifetime posts
I am having problems with applying paint to the newly finished drywall in my family room addition. The drywall was taped and finished by a drywall subcontractor using a "lightweight" premixed joint compound (I believe that it was manufactured by US Gypsum).

I am priming with a latex based PVA drywall primer (Behr Premuim from Home Depot). During the time that elapses between when I cut-in the corners with a brush and roll the fields, the joint compound in the corners seems to be softened by the primer, and chunks of it stick to the roller, pulling little "divets" out of the wall. What am I doing wrong? (Note that the joint compound has had several weeks to harden, so it should be well dried by now).

I have used the same painting technique many times in the past without problems.

Jay J

05:45PM | 05/26/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi BillyRay,

Well, test the compound BEFORE you paint it. Go down low in a corner as well as high up and see/poke/feel if it's HARD and DRY. If it isn't, then it's not ready to PRIME. As to why it's not hard and dry over that period of time, I don't know. If it's HARD and DRY, then perhaps the PRIMER is bad.

Assuming the compound is hard and dry, try a better quality PRIME/SEALER from a local Paint Retailer. I don't use the Home Depot brands because I've NEVER had good luck w/them. (The same for Lowe's.) I prefer to spend more $$$ at the Local Paint Retailer because of that. (See you YELLOW PAGES under PAINT - RETIAL for dealers.) I use Finneran & Haley Paint. Try Sherwin-Williams or something like that.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J-Moderator

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