painting walls

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by Barry J, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. Barry J

    Barry J Member

    Mar 2, 2007
    I just got done stripping my wallpaper, in some areas the top layer of the sheetrock came off, and in other areas, it looks like a little of the layer of paint can off, making the wall look like a bunch of "puck" marks.
    I sealed all these areas over this Gardz wall repair.
    I plan on doing two coats of primer and two coats of paint.
    My question is if while doing the cutting in of the edges, if I were to put a layer of primer and/or paint on those spots, and then do the regular coats...would I be able to advoid the messy, time consuming job of joint compounding those areas for a smooth finish.
  2. leejosepho

    leejosepho DIY scratch-pad engineer

    Nov 23, 2006
    disabled-retired industrial fabricator
    200 miles south of Little Rock
    Priming and painting should make the entire wall one color, and having the entire wall all one color might make some of the bad spots less noticeable. However, paint will not actually smooth surface defects.

    You might try a little light sanding before painting and between coats, but even that will not likely give you a truly smooth weall.
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    Paint will conform to those depressions, not fill them.
  5. Howard Emerson

    Howard Emerson I teach guitar:You call that a job?

    Apr 28, 2008
    I teach guitar:You call that a job?
    Huntington Station, NY
    Hi Barry,
    Here's how you can get a good idea of what you can 'get away with':

    Completely prime a wall with two coat of primer. Let it dry and stand back.........With your usual lighting, daytime, or nighttime, does it look acceptable? Can you see those 'pock' marks?

    If you can't, you're good to go, although the caveat here is 'good to go if using flat, or eggshell texture at most'. Anything glossier shows all problems even more.

    If it does not look good, well then place bullet between teeth, bite down hard, spackle lightly, feather your spackled edges down to nothing with a damp, constantly rinsed sponge, let dry, prime those areas again and paint.

    Been there.

    Last edited: Apr 30, 2009
  6. frenchie

    frenchie Jack of all trades

    Dec 30, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY and Fire Island, NY
    Your first step is to prime/seal, no matter what.

    Even if you end up having to go over with joint compound, the bare paper has to be sealed first - otherwise it bubbles when you compound it.
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