Finishing the garage

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Old 12-22-14, 02:26 PM
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Finishing the garage

Hey guys I just built a new house and was wondering if I could get some input on the garage. I have insulated and sheet rocked it already. I am wondering if i would be able to just tape the seams then paint the garage. I dont want to mud it and wont be texturing it. I would just like to cover up the seams and paint away. Let me know what your thoughts are. Thanks.
 
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Old 12-22-14, 02:38 PM
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You need to also apply mud over all the nail/screw heads. After taping and mudding the nail heads, the only finishing needed after that is cosmetic - so you can prime and paint if you want to. Personally, I'd apply at least 2 coats of mud so it won't look so rough.
 
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I would mud and tape but not prime or paint, no way would I paint without mudding and taping.
 
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Old 12-22-14, 03:31 PM
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What mitch said, x 10. You definitely do not want to paint it if the drywall isn't completely finished.
 
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I'm not too worried about it looking too rough. My father in law didn't even tape or anything. Just painted the drywall and that looks fine. Just thought I would cover up the seams then paint. I'm not worried about the screws being mudded.
 
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If any wall of the garage is a common wall with the house - it must be taped! if the garage is attached to the house the ceiling must be taped! Nails that have mud over them are less likely to come loose, I don't know whether or not the same is true for screws.
 
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The common wall with the house is taped and mudded, along with the roof.
 
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Old 12-23-14, 08:30 AM
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I would suggest mud and tape. If time is your concern, or the amount of sanding involved, use setting type compound. You can lay a couple of coats in hours instead of days. Instead of sanding between coats, just use joint knife to scrape off high spots and ridges. Done. You may wish you would have finished it later.
 
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I did think about mudding everything but I have never mudded or taped and from the sounds of a friend its not a whole lot of fun. Thanks for the advice guys, i appreciate it.
 
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It's not a difficult job. The biggest mistake beginners make is applying the mud too heavy. I like to thin the j/c slightly and apply it as neatly as I can. The less sanding there is the better
 
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Why everyone is telling you to finish the joints prior to painting is because once you paint it you can't go back and finish it later. The mud won't stick to the paint.
 
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I'm saying it because I think it will look like crap and he'll then wish he had mudded and taped.

Your point is valid as well, though
 
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Old 12-24-14, 04:10 AM
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All purpose joint compound will adhere to flat latex paint. It usually adheres ok to latex enamel if it's sanded first. Oil base enamels generally need a primer if more than a little patching is needed. It is easier to finish unpainted drywall. Personally, I'd apply 2 coats of mud and give it a light sanding or smoothing with a wet/damp sponge. That won't make for a perfect finish but it won't jump out at you either.
 
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I had an unpainted 2 car that was taped w/mud. When I painted it I used a texture roller for the primer coats. All-in-all it turned out much better than I thought it would (not to smooth, but textured just enough to hide the wall board work).
 
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Thought i would give you guys an update. I decided to tape and mud the garage. I got the first layer down. It took me a long time, oversized triple garage! Im learning as I go. Im goint to put another layer of mud on the seams and screw holes then sand it. I would like to texture it but im afraid dust will sit on the texture and that would be impossible to clean. Now, i live in the country so there is a lot of dust. So i dont think ill texture.
 
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Part of the reason I won't paint a garage is the painted surface shows dents, dings and dirt much more than the unfinished surface does.
 
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Old 01-09-15, 01:33 PM
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Dust won't adhere as well to latex enamel as it does flat latex but the downside is flat latex is more forgiving than any paint with a sheen.

Personally I think all drywall should be painted ...... but then I did make my living as a painter
 
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Old 01-09-15, 01:37 PM
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Yeah, Mark - you're not exactly unbiased
 
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Old 01-10-15, 08:27 AM
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I'll be painting it, my garage doubles up as a party area, I have a 70" projector and a big screen that will be going in there!

After its painted the next step will be coating the floor....oh the joys of building a new house.
 
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