priming drywall


Old 12-23-03, 06:02 PM
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priming drywall

Is there a minimum amount of time I need to wait to prime/paint my new drywall or is it good to go as soon as the mud is dried and sanded?
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Old 12-23-03, 07:49 PM
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You can prime as soon as the compound is dry, sanded, AND vacuumed off. If you don't vacuum, you'll make an awful mess with your paint.
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If the mud is dry and your able to sand it without it gooping up your mesh,sand paper then go to it! Remove any chalk lines and drywall dust .....I'll use a slightly dampened rag for a lot of dust or dry for minimal.......this is your call here. Once you tackled that your ready for primer. Use a quality primer not your bargin 5 gal pail for 19.99! A good primer will provide a good tooth for your top coat to follow and provide better hide.......simply put less coats of paint.
Old 12-26-03, 08:50 AM
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You could also wash the walls with TSP (tri-sodium phosphate). We did this with success (after vacuuming the worst bits).

In the bathroom, and on the cielings/walls where I knew pipe was running through, I used the top-line Kilz. 2 coats, too. Just in case.
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You really don't want to wet the joint compound much as if you were washing, just a damp cloth for the dust.
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Exactly. Just get the rag/sponge damp and wipe off.
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