Primer Not Sticking To Wall?

Old 10-16-13, 03:00 PM
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Question Primer Not Sticking To Wall?

I had to repair my drywall due to thick wallpaper that ripped off the paper; so after multiple stages of putting joint compound and sanding the walls are finally back to good condition.

However, my issue now is when I'm priming the wall the primer doesn't seem to be sticking; almost like an oil & water effect.

Could this be an issue with the type of primer I purchased? What type of primer would be best to use on this type of wall?

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Old 10-16-13, 03:26 PM
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Might want to share what primer your trying to use.
If I had to guess it would be you did not wipe the walls down with a damp rag to get rid of the drywall dust.
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I agree...dust would be my first thought. Damp rag, soft brush, vacuum or similar would remove that.
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Thanks for the replies!

I didn't think about that; I'll use a damp rag first then prime to see if that works.

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I've painted lots of new drywall and have never used a damp rag to remove the dust but I always take dry rag/duster [on small jobs] or a push broom minus the handle [on larger jobs] to sweep off the sanding dust.

You'll need to thoroughly sand the primer to make sure any primer that isn't well adhered to the wall is removed. Depending on what it looks like after sanding you might need to add a thin coat of j/c here and there.

Which primer to use is best determined by what type of finish paint is to be used. That said, most any primer will work over raw drywall.

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