The inside of my garage is not painted. It is mostly tan color from the
drywall. I want to brighten the garage by painting it white or off white.
What type of paint and sheen should I use? Can I do without a primer? I
don't mind if it doesn't look perfect. But I do want the paint to last as
long as possible.
I suggest basic flat contractor paint and plan on repainting it from
time to time. That contractor paint is cheap and does not clean up well,
but it covers very well and in a garage, you can just repaint when it gets
Get the surfaces as decent as you want them first, tape & mud as you
prefer. Then paint with a regular drywall primer because 1) it's really
economical; 2) it looks fairly decent as applied ; if you decide it
should be more elegant later your primer is already in place for the
topcoat. We call that a win-win situation, right?
Stop. First, how old is the garage? If new, just prime and paint. If it's
old, you may find that the tape comes right off on your roller. Try an
inconspicuous spot, and if the tape lifts give it a thin coat joint compound
and let dry before painting.
On Thu, 31 Aug 2006 18:08:51 GMT, with neither quill nor qualm,
My garage is my shop, and when I painted, I went with a pure white
latex eggshell paint, all walls and the ceiling. (Gloss enamel paint
creates too much glare from lights and especially sunlight.) I also
painted the already sealed concrete floor with white latex porch &
floor paint. The difference in there is amazing. I love it! The white
floor shows dirt more, but it also shows those dozens of teensy
dropped items immediately.
It's a 2-car shop and is well-enough lit (for me, age 53) by only five
4' dual fluorescent fixtures. Total cost: $35 and a couple days work
moving -everything- around thrice. (The floor got two coats and a day
of drying time between 'em before moving the stuff to the painted
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