regarding painting over spots

Old 12-06-00, 10:28 PM
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I'm remodeling the kitchen and will be painting it. I have gone over the walls with joint compound in an attempt to fix imperfections in the wall. So I have spots of compound all over the walls which were previously painted. This is not new drywall. Is it recommended that I should just prime the walls first before I apply the finish paint. Will those spots of compound somehow change the color of the paint applied over it verses the other parts of the wall that haven't been touched. The wall color now is white and I plan to use maybe a light green color.
Old 12-07-00, 12:23 AM
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You will need to prime the repairs. If there are a lot, I would just prime the whole wall useing a latex drywall primer, if there are stains that will bleed through then an oil based primer is needed to block the stains. Be sure to sand the repairs smooth before priming or they will show as rough spots. A pro-trick of the trade - Use a bright light up against the wall shining across it will show more imperfections then the regular lighting pointed directly at the wall, if you can feel an imperfection with your hand then you will see it after it is painted.

In short, prime the walls and use two coats of quality latex paint and you should have no problems.

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