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Priming Drywall before Painting

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Drywall installation is a very popular option for any kind of house renovations. In result, you get freshly finished surface with taped and mudded seams, fastener holes, which are still exposed. Before planning any drywall painting projects, it’s high time to consider priming, as bare wallboard surface soaks up more paint, requiring three or more coats of paint to apply. Priming drywall makes it possible to get by with one or two coats instead.

Discover the main advantages of priming or sealing drywall before painting:

Primer levels base colours of mud (white or off-white) and paper (grey, off-white, or green) allowing the paint colours shine without interference.

– Primer levels porosity of paper, scuffed paper, and mud creating uniform surface to which the finish paint can adhere.

Check over your drywall texture and its rate of absorption. Besides, the areas covered with drywall compound absorb more paint than smooth and glossy surface. Direct painting of bare wallboard gives you unevenness with certain areas “flash” through. This mottled, streaked look only disappears after multiple layers of painting.

Priming drywall is usually done by applying a coat of primer-sealer specially designed for each appropriate type. They come in both oil-based (alkyd) and water-based (latex) forms. Besides, there are inexpensive standard sealers for smooth and well-finished walls, and pricier high-build primer-sealers for rough or uneven drywall finishing. In addition, you can improve primer’s covering ability by tinting it before applying; which provides a closer match to the colour of the finish paint you’ve chosen.

Priming drywall isn’t a task you need to overthink, especially when there’s a great deal of other ways to prepare a wallboard surface before painting.

  • Inexpensive flat latex paint as pre-coat is a perfect solution for amateur drywall installers. Though it doesn’t have all the benefits of specific primer-sealers, it can satisfy the needs of most homeowners. Besides, you can tint the flat white latex paint to match the finish colour without applying multiple coats.
  • “Hiding” paints products are relevant to flat latex paint, but have denser thickness and better colour-hiding properties. Only choose the one that is compatible with raw drywall.
  • Skim-coating with drywall compound is professional-level process. The procedure means immediate scraping off drywall compound from raw drywall with a drywall-taping The remaining after scraping compound is the skim-coat.
  • First coat primer means rolling out specially formulated vinyl acrylic binder and calcium carbonate filler as a primer.