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Old 05-15-2011, 09:13 AM   #1
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Default Garage drywall almost done, what paint/primer to use?

My drywall should be done this week and I want to get the painting done asap so I can get everything moved out of the house back into the garage.

I am planning to do an all white or white ceiling/off white walls with semi gloss for easier cleanup. I am having the drywall mud/sanding done professionally so hopefully it comes out pretty smooth and doesnt require any special filling primers.

I have heard that it pays to spend the extra money on Sherman Williams products over Lowes/HD. Is this true?
If so what should I ask for when I get there? Any brand/line of paint and primer thats better than the others?

Any estimates on how much a 24' x 32' garage with 10ft walls will cost me to paint/primer?
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:16 AM   #2
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Default Re: Garage drywall almost done, what paint/primer to use?

I'm interested too, gonna be in the same boat pretty soon lol
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:26 AM   #3
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Default Re: Garage drywall almost done, what paint/primer to use?

I use the SW primer(high build). For top coat I like the Olympic semi gloss exterior latex. Covers well,nice uniform gloss. Tint it down if you like,but I use it right from the bucket,there is no chance the color will vari from one can to another.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:54 AM   #4
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Default Re: Garage drywall almost done, what paint/primer to use?

Home Cheapo sells a Behr primer for new drywall....trying to remember the name but it comes in an orange can and has worked great for me. In my experience, no don't spend extra for Sherwin WIlliams. Have you ever seen paint on drywall peel, or do anything untoward? If you use the orange can primer and (I assume) you'll be working from 5 gallon cans it'll come out great. Happy painting!
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:26 AM   #5
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PRIMER IS THE WAY TO GO ON RAW DRYWALL. Otherwise the taped seams and patches will telegraph thru.

As for SW paint, get Home Place at Wally World. It's made by SW and a lot cheaper.

And let's see some pics...
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:42 AM   #6
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I'm probably going to get my ass chewed on for saying this,but just because SW makes it doesnt make it SW. Things like that are made to vendor specs to meet a priceing structure,not mfgr specs.Like buying a C-man power tool,Dewalt may make it but its a long way from being a dewalt.
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:49 AM   #7
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PVA Primer (Poly Vinyl Acetate) is a professional primer sealer for new construction and all unpainted interior drywall and texture coatings. It is cheap too! All the fancier primers are for other substraites and/or painting over previous top-couats. PVA Primer is what you need and what you want.
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:02 AM   #8
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This is just the prime coat,I'm going to put a first top coat on this afternoon,the pics dont show the lack of texture or orange peel very well,but its smooth.As I stated elsewhere,I do all mudding with 210 and 90 hot mud (fill/tape,2 coats,then sand w/ 80 grit and the scratches fill just fine with this stuff,not so with the regular Home Crappo or Lowes stuff. The olympic top coats seem to be OK though,but I use exterior in baths and anywhere in the shop.

edit) I probably got a little nuts for a furnace room,the wife doesnt understand the white in a room that has a coal/wood burner in it!When its done there will be a sprinkler head ove the wood furnace. A 93% propane funace goes in the rr corner for the office,bath,and 2 machine/hobby shops.
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:21 PM   #9
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One of the local pro-painters has recommended this to me (http://www.homedepot.com/Whites/Pain...atalogId=10053)

Yes, I know that it's Home Depot but I've seen his work on two homes in the neighborhood (including an un-primed raw garage) and it all looks great. He estimates that I'd need a 5-gal bucket to do my 2-car garage. This will leave just under a gallon left over for touch ups etc. as needed. Currently it's selling for $152 for a 5-gal bucket and that seems fairly reasonable to me, but I'm still searching for a coupon etc. to bring the price down.

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Old 05-15-2011, 01:55 PM   #10
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I believe the SW is $112 /5 gal after the contractor discout. The discount is easy to get,when you go to the store,let them put your e-mail in thier system,and its worth 10%. It also says on the bucket that it may be applied with a 3/4" roller or spray,with psi and tip recomendations for airless.
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Old 05-15-2011, 02:23 PM   #11
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I mudded, taped, spray textured and painted my own shop walls. I have used Dutch Boy semi-gloss white acrylic latex paint purchased at Sears. I used no primer and painted a single coat. I have had no problems with seams showing except where my mudding was not up to snuff. If you look at my postings under Garage Gallery labeled DIY Shop, you can judge for yourself.
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Old 05-15-2011, 02:38 PM   #12
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Used HD/Behr latex primer last year on 23 - 4x12' sheets of newly hung drywall plus priming another ~350 sq/ft of the existing firewall in my ~640 sq/ft finish the attached garage project. Used all of the five gallon pail and felt it covered well. The ceiling was finished with two coats of an off-white using just over 3 gallons of Behr semi gloss. The side walls were painted using a Behr semi-gloss custom blended silver-grey color. Only applied one coat and it covered satisfactorily, IF I were to do it again I'd put a second coat on the sidewalls. Why? Mainly for the satisfaction of knowing it had two coats.

We are very pleased with the Home Depot/Behr products that I described above. Used a gallon of Behr gloss paint for mouldings, cabinet doors, shelves and 2 man doors. It took three coats to get reasonably OK coverage. Plan to apply a fourth coat to the 2 doors. The color is a bright red, pretty close to Craftsman red. Others have told me red is one of the more difficult colors to get really good coverage with.

The 5G pail of primer was about $65; the semi-gloss gallons were about $30. There was a $5/gallon promotion rebate of three of the gallons. The total paint cost was ~$325 to finish a 22x30x8' garage plus some attic area.
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Old 12-27-2014, 08:12 PM   #13
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Default Re: Garage drywall almost done, what paint/primer to use?

I used the PVA primer and it worked great!! One cote and all the tape is covered.

The 5 Gal bucket only cost $50. You cant beet that deal
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Old 12-27-2014, 10:33 PM   #14
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I used PVA primer on mine, then coated with mid-grade white semi-gloss.
PVA primer made the coverage easy.
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Old 12-28-2014, 12:02 AM   #15
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I would use PVA and then two coats of Behr premium plus, not the more expensive ultra.

I was a professional painter for 17 years (got out a couple years ago) and used a lot of Behr and some other brands.

I did my garage with Behr ultra over slick drywall, to avoid using primer. I sprayed and back rolled the paint. PVA or Zinser Cover Stain (water based) would have worked better to seal the drywall. Cover stain is my favorite primer, but 123 also works great. The Ultra isn't all it is cracked up to be. I also had some Ultra fail on the patio and facias which had new wood where they were repaired.

On the outside of the garage, I used cover stain to prime the wood and stucco, then sprayed Behr premium plus. The new 0 VOC interior behr sucks. It dries too fast and doesn't turn out that smooth. The low voc was much better.

Semigloss is easy to clean, but it shows imperfections very well. I wish I would have done the ceiling in flat, as my mud work didn't turn out as nice as I would have liked. The lighting was bad when I was using work lights, and I normally texture over drywall. It should have had a coat of mud rolled out and then smoothed with a knife, but I haven't tried that before, and my neck can't take all of the overhead work anymore. Flat would have not been an option for the walls, as it is not easy to clean and it shows every mark. I used Swiss Coffee for the walls and ceiling inside the garage, to reflect as much light as possible.

For slick walls, use a 1/2" or less nap roller. I like lambs wool covers as they don't shed and they lasted for months at a time with professional use. They cost about $10 each.
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Old 12-28-2014, 12:05 AM   #16
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Another for PVA. Just finished a 2000 sq' remodel including drywall and went with PVA. Cool part was I went to Frazee paint for all of my paint and they recommended I go to Home Depot and buy PVA to save money. Went on smooth and wouldn't go any other way!!!!!!
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Old 12-28-2014, 10:39 AM   #17
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I did my house and garage in Behr primer and Behr satin finish, the red and blue-green-ish buckets respectively. I'm not very pleased, I find the paint to damage easily, peels off the walls when you tape something on it, my dad jokes he could peel it off and make plastic bags out of it. The walls were thoroughly cleaned (removed dust) prior to painting, it's not in the prep. I think it is the quality of the paint.

My parents house (Europe) has Trimetal Super Latex on the ceiling, and Sigmacryl decor on the walls, both are much better, particularly the latter. Very durable. I don't know if I can find those in the US, but the next time around I have to find something better than the Behr.
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Old 12-28-2014, 11:56 AM   #18
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This a a very old thread!

I always use the "sheetrock" branded "first coat" prior to painting. The product is made to coat the smooth drywall mud and creates a uniform wall surface. Makes the mud match the paper of the drywall. It eliminates the smooth reflections of the mud lines especially when not over coated with flat. One coat of "first coat" over all the walls and the differences are gone.

With many primers the mud lines are still visible.

It's also a good value.
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Old 12-28-2014, 12:12 PM   #19
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I painted my 36x48, with 16' ceiling, with SW primer, and SW white. Actually, it turned out too white, and looked like a hospital, so I re-painted it again, with shell white. Sprayed, then back-rolled. 37 gallons in total. In hindsight, I should have just painted the ceiling white, and walls shell-white, originally.

Whatever you decide, the back-rolling is a lot of additional work, but it looks much better than a sprayed only, job. I had access to a scissor lift, so I didn't need to use ladders.

Also, SW has a 40% off everything sale, twice a year, or just ask for the painting contractor price. You just might get it if they thought you might go somewhere else to buy your paint and supplies.
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:27 AM   #20
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Very surprised that Benjamin Moore was not mentioned...
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