| > Now that my basement drywall is all mudded & sanded, I need to prime
| > it and would like some advice.
use bare drywall primer
I prefer Ben Moore acrylic latex for walls, oil primer for wood.
| > I have one of those smaller 2200psi airless sprayers (borrowed from
| > friend) that has the hose to stick in the paint can. I'm going to
| > that hoping it works OK for me.
| > I have no worries with overspray in my basement, except for the
| > multitude of outlets and light switches I have in my walls. Any
| > advice on a quick and easy way to protect them from the paint
| > sprayer? I obviously don't want to get paint inside my boxes if I
| > don't have to.
| > Also, what is a good, sprayable primer to use on my new drywall?
| > Should I use latex, water, or oil based? Should I need to thin it?
| > Should I expect to need more than one coat? I plan on painting with
| > relatively light colored latex after priming is complete.
| > I'm estimating I'll need about 6 gallons of primer for the first
| > coat...maybe more if this sprayer puts it on heavy or not.
6 gal. will cover aprox. 2000 sq. ft. sprayed on
or 3000 sq. ft. rolled on.
| > Thanks for any feedback.
| > Kevin
| 2" masking tape should suffice to protect your switch boxes and
| The paint won't do any harm to the wires and hopefully you have made
| your splices so you won't need to figure anything out later when you
| One suggestion I can make about airless spraying is to strain your
| I've seen many guys have to stop what they are doing to clean out the
| or hose. That cuts into your time considerably. I was on a job
| and the painter's helper was spraying primer with a brand new airless.
| out to my truck for some materials and come back a few minutes later
| guy is complaining about the clogged gun. I asked him if strained the
| paint. He said no, but he stirred it really well. He wound up
| with a roller while his boss cleaned the airless. I think that you can
| strainers at a paint store, but if not some folded layers of cheese
| will work.
| Many years ago a painter recommended Muralo latex primer to me for new
| unfinished walls. It did a great job of sealing with one coat. It is
| enough to use in an airless.