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Old 04-04-2011, 05:49 AM   #16
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Nah.... I plan on different coverings when all the rest is done. Wallpaper, wood, etc. This is sort of temporary.

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Old 04-04-2011, 07:21 PM   #17
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How important is wall prep with Aura?

My new home was spray primed with PVA and then sprayed with 1, maybe 2, coats of cheap flat white wall paint by the dry wall guy.

I have found spray sags a foot long, uneven texture, bubbles in the drywall mud, etc...

Is eggshell Aura going show these drastically?

Should I plan to re-skim my walls?

Should I go with the matte Aura?
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Old 04-04-2011, 07:53 PM   #18
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Aura is just paint- if you want surface problems not to show, you need to fix them.
Aura will stick to the primer fine, but sounds like a little mud work is in order. If they are minimal you can go right to Aura. Some would have you do that anyway, but I prefer to throw on a quick prime to even out a wall.

Think of Matte as a really low eggshell- not flat. It is my favorite wall paint.
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Old 04-04-2011, 07:58 PM   #19
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How important is wall prep with Aura?

My new home was spray primed with PVA and then sprayed with 1, maybe 2, coats of cheap flat white wall paint by the dry wall guy.

I have found spray sags a foot long, uneven texture, bubbles in the drywall mud, etc...

Is eggshell Aura going show these drastically?

Should I plan to re-skim my walls?

Should I go with the matte Aura?
Woody, I would suggest that you prime the walls first with a quality primer/sealer, BM Fresh Start or Enamel underbody. Some years ago BM sent out a memo stating the need to prime prior to finishing over builders flat because they were having problems with less than satisfactory finishes. And, yours truly had such a problem, which is how I learned of the memo. Now, Aura is supposed to be self priming. I don't know if they would consider it so in that case. I would have a discussion with your BM dealer about how to proceed with that. Where is NCPaint when you need him? You're going to have to skim out the sags and drywall imperfections and yes, the higher the sheen, the more highlighted the imperfections will be.
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More bad news!

Thanks for the help guys.
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Old 04-05-2011, 06:42 PM   #21
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More bad news!

Thanks for the help guys.

Unfortunately yes, most of the imperfections you described will show through anybody's paint. How to fix them will have to be determined by you. Sand, skim...up to you.

Lower sheens will make the imperfections less noticeable, not invisible.
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NC, did you read my last post in this thread, I posed a question that might be able to answer regarding Aura?
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NC, did you read my last post in this thread, I posed a question that might be able to answer regarding Aura?
Haven't heard of any issues regarding Aura and builders flat. Will it work over builders flat, or bare drywall?.......sure...does it make sense monetarily? ...have to take it job by job. A complete house, I probably wouldn't do it. A single room, I most likely would.
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Would I be better off with BM Regal in terms of money savings AND not needing to prime again?

Of course, I will need to sand, skim, sand etc..
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Woody, Regal is also a fine product. So it depends on what you want-
Aura is much lower smell (voc), better coverage if you're using a hard to cover color (reds, yellows are worst), and better burnish resistance and scrubbability. If these aren't very important, Regal will get your color to the wall and look nice for maybe around 10 a gal less.
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Would I be better off with BM Regal in terms of money savings AND not needing to prime again?

Of course, I will need to sand, skim, sand etc..

If you are doing all the above, of course you will need to prime anyway.
Regal is fine, Aura just better, but they are not miracles in a can. Just prime it , it does not take that long.
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Would I be better off with BM Regal in terms of money savings AND not needing to prime again?

Of course, I will need to sand, skim, sand etc..
Im a big Regal fan. I like the way it applies, much better than Aura. Thats just me though. If you have some dark colors, Aura would be the way to go. Light to medium colors, use the Regal Select. Both products are low VOC... >50G/L
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:56 AM   #28
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My list gets longer and more expensive !

Thinking I'll go all out on the LR with a vaulted ceiling, but pic away at the rest as time and finances allow.

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Yes, Ben Moore does mold in the can, seen it multiple times as well.
That said, Aura, Collection and regal are all awesome paints, their coverage is unmatched.
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