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Old 01-17-2012, 10:26 AM   #1
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Hi all. I am working on making drywall repairs and painting. I have worked on it myself until my arms have given out. I'm giving up and calling a drywall guy and painter. I figure if I tell him I want the drywall repaired, primered, and painted with semi-gloss that I will get a good drywall repair job. Everytime I try to do it and use semi-gloss, the walls have to be darn perfect 'cause the semi-gloss shows everything. When I try and use a flat or eggshell paint, it doesn't wash well. So I am going to try and hire this guy to do it all- repairs, primer and a good semi-gloss paint that I can wash down, which I hope will last a few years. Any tips would be appeciated and by the way, I have soooo... much more respect for people who do this for a living.

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What exactly are you having a problem with? If you specify a problem, you will get more specific answers.

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Old 01-17-2012, 10:44 AM   #3
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It's all rough, lots of pings and dings, etc. etc. House was built in the 70's and noone has seemed to have paid much attention to the drywall since then. I have been working on it myself and by myself but I can't get it all alone, as I have and my arms have found out. It's causing me to want to pull my hair out. I just want any tips and such to look for and ask the drywall guy so I don't get taken advantage of. thanks!
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Drywall repairs are difficult. Why? Because filling dings/dents always leaves a bump or hump. You have to feather even small areas out quite a bit to get that "flush" look that paints over well. Is it possible to apply some 1/4" drywall over top to get that smooth look you're after? Sanding is also a tough skill to master. I use sanding sponges so I can feel the area I am sanding.......is it high, is it low, etc. As for paint, I always use Satin.......just enough sheen to wipe down & it does a decent job of hiding beat up drywall. As for Semi-gloss, I don't even use that on pristine drywall unless a client requests it. Best of luck.
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Boy I sure agree with that, drywall repairs are very difficult, I can get it, but it takes me forever (2 months on the last bedroom plus closet I just finished) It looks great now, but it was rough when I started it. (teenager's old room)
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Your doing something very wrong if it takes that long to do.
Most of the time fist timers use to much mud, a skim coat is all that's needed.
For dings and dents use a 4 to 6" wide knife.
Once one coat is dry do not sand it, just rub over the area with the dry wall knife to remove any high places. Go over it again with a very thin coat, your trying to only fill in any air holes or low spots not make a hump.
Once that's dry a quick ciruler rub with a fine drywall sponge and your ready to wipe it down and prime. I only use Zinzeer 123. Kilnz is like using milk.
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Yes, I agree, I am most definitely making way way too much work on myself ' cause I got so mad one day I called the manufacturer of this stuff and told them I wanted the inventer of drywall in my back yard for 5 minutes. This is 2012 got to be an easier way.
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Well drywall guy just showed up, says mud I am using is wrong and he will fix everything wrong with drywall, primer and paint with semi-gloss for 1500.00 labor. I told him he's hired. We shall see., I guess.
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Please explain ANY and all reasoning for painting semi gloss on the walls. This is a very bad idea
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Please explain ANY and all reasoning for painting semi gloss on the walls. This is a very bad idea
the only place for semigloss on drywall , maybe a locker room ,school,industrial setting . a prison,you get my point . satin will be fine . p/s don't be to hard on the painter if it don't come out perfect oh let me think, dry wall in a prison i don't think that be a good idea

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the only place for semigloss on drywall , maybe a locker room ,school,industrial setting . a prison,you get my point . satin will be fine . p/s don't be to hard on the painter if it don't come out perfect oh let me think, dry wall in a prison i don't think that be a good idea
Kinda depends on what side of the prison wall you're on.
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The reason I want semi-gloss is because in my experience it washes down the best and therefore I won't have to do this again for awhile. Everytime I use flat, eggshell or satin, it doesn't wash as well nor last near as long.
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I just want to add that I have talked to everyone I know as well as all the hardware stores in town here and this guys name kept coming up over and over again as the best drywall guy they have ever seen so I gave up on this myself and called him and he showed up today (on time). I don't know if he rides a white horse yet, but I sure hope so. He sent me to Lowes to get him 2 - 5 gallon buckets of "green lid U.S.G. sheetrock brand mud" (he wrote it down) I went and got it tonight as well as a contractor's pack of dropclothes. If he can do this, he is worth his weight in gold in my eyes.
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mud I am using is wrong
What were you using?
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Pre-mixed dap joint compound and also Lowes pre- mixed lightweight joint compound, AND i WILL SAY IT WAS ALL TRYING TO CRACK BACK. I would work my but off on a wall and get it perfect and 2 months later it would crack back. Even drywall guy said I was doing such a good job, he wished I worked for him.

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