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Old 06-18-2013, 09:16 AM   #1
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Painting my garage. How much drywall spackle do I need?


My garage is currently finished up to the drywall stage. I'm wanting to finish it by feathering out the drywall joints and painting it but I've never done a job of this size before. It's a 2 car garage with very little space for anything besides the cars. How much drywall spackle should I use?

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Don't use any.......

First....primer.....use a heavy nap roller....roll on your primer. You might need 2 coats.

Now....if your mud job is not very good and you want it to look good....you 'could' take some mud and water it down so that it's almost as thin as paint...then roll that one...that will give you a bit more texture. But I think you will be fine without it....

Once the primer is dry....use that same have nap roller for your paint. My personal opinion....use exterior high gloss or semi-gloss paint. It will tolerate water better if it gets wet and the semi/high gloss does not hold as much dust and dirt.

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I think the OP is calling Drywall Compound, "Spackling".
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I think the OP is calling Drywall Compound, "Spackling".
That's what I get for trying to multi-task...

Ok...get one of those 2 lb buckets....should be enough...I think
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If all you have is 'fire tape' sealing the seams---you will need one bucket of green lid multi purpose and another bucket of light weight 9blue lid) for topping before you sand.

You may use less---but I think that's about right.
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Thanks everyone! My garage looks like this: it's just standard unfinished drywall
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Are you talking about just the ceiling and the one wall adjoining your house. (What you have there is just first coat... often called "fire tapeing)
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It's my whole garage but that's what it all looks like. I had no idea that it was called fire tape. Thanks again. I'm wanting to feather out the joints between the sheet rock so that the bulge doesn't show after I paint.
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While your at it...toss some drywall over on that exposed section. You will be surprised at how much better the lighting will be and how much easier to control the dust and dirt.

Speaking of lighting....You might want to consider putting in some lights while your at it.

I used 16 6" recessed cans in the 1st level of my garage...stuffed CFL's in there...works great and I don't have something hanging down that can get smacked and broken.
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I'm a fluorescent freak. I have them in every room of my house, except the master bedroom. Full, 4 tube troffers, in most cases. And the garage has six of them.
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I'm a fluorescent freak. I have them in every room of my house, except the master bedroom. Full, 4 tube troffers, in most cases. And the garage has six of them.
Black lights no less? Walls covered in fluorescent paint? I bet it's 'groovy'
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To need to rock that wall! Fire code.
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Sorry for the confusion. This isn't my actual garage. I just wanted to show everyone what I was talking about with the fire tape.
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Get your self a mud pan and 3 knives---6--10 and 12 inch--

You will need two or even three more thin coats---I suggest you start with green lid -multi purpose---this one is a fairly hard mud and sticks very well--it contains glue.

once the joints are filled and corners have the first coat--switch to blue lid-light weight for the top coats---it is much softer and easy to sand--
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Thanks o'mike! That's the kind of advice that I was looking for.

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