We just moved into a new house, and the garage is "finished", with sheet
rock up on all walls and the ceiling. The joints appear to have been taped,
mudded, and sanded.
Do I need to put a primer/sealer coat of paint on the walls prior to
painting them, or just go ahead and use some flat latex paint?
<< Do I need to put a primer/sealer coat of paint on the walls prior to
painting them, or just go ahead and use some flat latex paint? >>
Use a product made for the job, like USG "First Coat". It's cheaper than common
primers and will save money if you only have to put on a single top coat. HTH
Thanks for the advice.....I'd probably have skipped that step if I hadn't
learned from you folks.
| << Do I need to put a primer/sealer coat of paint on the walls prior to
| painting them, or just go ahead and use some flat latex paint? >>
| Use a product made for the job, like USG "First Coat". It's cheaper than
| primers and will save money if you only have to put on a single top coat.
First, decide what kind of finished look you want. There are different
"levels" of drywall finish, and yours might be a rough one, which is very
common in garages. After painting, you might notice little ridges and a lot
of imperfections in the taping job. If you want a nicer look, you'll have
to have someone take it to a level 4 finish.
Assuming you're going right to painting, again it depends on how you want it
to look. Flat latex paint is to a certain extent self priming. Two coats
might look OK to you. A good primer will block and seal better. A latex
paint won't do anything on stain bleedthrough, but a high solids latex can
otherwise be used as a primer. In a garage, people don't usually use more
expensive high solids paints anyway. Since it's going to need 2 coats, you
might as well make the first coat a good primer.
I wouldn't use primer and didn't use primer the first time, although I did
find 7 gallons of primer in the home depot reject bin last time I painted
the garage, as well as 3 gallons of colour matched paint. Last time, I got
a couple of 5 gallons mis-tints. Yeah, the walls sucked up the paint like
they'd never been painted (which they hadn't), but I was using good paint,
purchased for $5 a gallon and didn't care. Painted the first garage for $40
and then second garage for $30.
If you don't have a particular colour that MUST go on the garage walls, then
start scouring the local paint stores for mistints. Garages take lots of
paint and you can't beat good paint at $5 a gallon!
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