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Old 02-10-2011, 11:30 AM   #1
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I'm finishing up the drywall in my bathroom and I am pretty satisfied. I am not a pro so there are some spots where it could be better (a couple of divets nothing major). Should I skim coat or would a good primer give it an even appearance?

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Paint will not cover irregular surfaces, and a bathroom usually painted with semi-gloss will amplify those irregular surfaces.

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Agreed, any type of gloss, semi-gloss, "satin" paint is not your friend. Fill all voids prior to paint and use flat paint if possible...
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The areas that I'm speaking of are not horrific. I can notice them because I am the one who did it. But I don't think the average person will notice. I just want the walls to look smooth and I would like to know if primer and/or skim coating would be best. I don't want the paint to be soaked up by the drywall. I'm not trying to disguise anything I just want to know which one or (if both) looks best.
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I'd touch up then paint. You'll know the spots are there, so you might as well fix 'em....
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Do the mud touch up then use a high build primer before painting.
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Primer/sealer prevents this and equals out the porosity of the walls to make for an even finish.
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I knew an older painter for years before he passed away. He did a lot of new high-dollar homes and one trick he taught me was to have the primer colored. If you were going to use a light color-he used a yellow, a medium color--he used blue or green, a darker color-he used brown or even black. Not this was just a small shot of color added at the paint store. When he put it over newly finished rock it would show the imperfections from skimming the rock by shining a bright light flat to the wall or ceiling. This has worked well for me in repairs, as I'm not the best at patching small areas.

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