06:20AM | 04/06/05
Member Since: 04/05/05
1 lifetime posts
My husband and I are moving into a home that's new construction. He thinks we need to wait to paint the walls b/c it gives the walls time to settle. I believe if we prime the walls, we should be fine.

Does anyone know if it's ok to paint new walls?

Thanks so much!



05:18AM | 04/07/05
Member Since: 03/26/05
33 lifetime posts

Not only is it a good idea for protection for the walls, but you would be amazed at all the goofs and flaws you will find after applying the first layer of paint. Painting is a sure way to find out if your walls have been taped and bedded (finished) correctly. Painting will also help control a lot the dust issues. Be sure to wipe down the walls with a damp cloth before you paint or you could have adhesion problems...

Amanda Folster,Art Director


04:23AM | 04/09/05
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
I am not sure why you would want to wait to paint new walls as if they are drywall they don't need to settle before you paint them.

You do need to wipe the dust off the walls to help with adhesion and to give you a smooth finish. You need to prime the walls with an acrylic drywall primer (not just a latex primer) as this will seal the walls better and give you smoother finish. After you have primed you will see some defects in the walls and you will want to point them up with drywall mud and then sand the entire walls of the house as the nap of the drywall will have fuzzed up in places were it was over sanded in the taping and mudding steps. Then apply primer over the pointed up spots. Now you are ready to apply the finish paint of your choice, but bear in mind a satin or eggshell finish will show up more defects than a flat finish but is more durable.

Also for the best advice buy your paint from a paint store not a home center.
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