How to Paint Drywall How to Paint Drywall

What You'll Need
Paint Brush and Rollers
Paint Roller Pan
Sand Block

After installing, taping and mudding, it is time to paint drywall sheets with the right type of primer and paint. Drywall is a very common building material used in most homes today and since it does not have the same qualities as wood or concrete, it is important to take careful preparation and application when painting the material. Here is how to paint drywall.

Step 1 – Preparation

Check the surfaces of the drywall if they are well taped and mudded. Use a sander to even the surfaces and produce a rough surface where the primer can easily stick. Next, clean the surfaces with a damp cloth or rag to remove any dust or debris left.

Before the actual painting process, make sure to provide enough ventilation in the room. Open the windows or the doors to let fresh air in. Better yet, wear a safety mask to protect the respiratory system from the paint fumes.

To protect the floor from paint splatters, place newspapers on the floor. Make sure that the edges of the floor are well covered.

Step 2 – Applying the Primer

Choosing the right type of paint and primer is the key to a successful painting job. Choose a product that is both a primer and a sealer. A good primer will have enough pigments to cover the drywall and the sealer properly and will ensure that the drywall is protected from the damaging effects of moisture.

Place a sufficient amount of paint primer in the paint roller pan and dip the roller in the pan. Apply a thick coating of primer on the surfaces of the drywall. Start on the top portion going down or from the middle to the top and down to the bottom. Do not apply a thin coating because the water in the primer will eventually evaporate. Make sure that all coats are thick enough. Use a paintbrush to coat hard-to-reach areas. Allow the primer to dry completely.

Step 3 – Applying the Paint

Clean the rollers and the pan first. Place a sufficient amount of paint in the roller pans and dip the rollers in the paint. Apply the first coating thickly on the drywall surfaces to cover the primer completely. Use a paintbrush to access surfaces that cannot be reached by the paint roller. Allow the paint to dry completely.

To produce a longer lasting paint job, apply a second coating after the first coating has dried completely. Always apply a heavy coating to produce the best results.


When choosing the type of paint to use, consider using latex paint for a rubbery texture. Latex paint is also a lot easier to paint than oil-based types. Oil-based paints are usually messy during application, but they do provide more durable coats than latex.

Wash latex paints with soap and water. Use paint thinner for oil-based paints.

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