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Old 01-18-2012, 05:57 PM   #31
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It's probably too late to warny, but here goes: Don't use lightweight joint compound. Thy sand beautifully so contractors like the stuff. The problem is, they dry so soft it's like trying to paint over dust. Adhesion to lightweight mud is very difficult. A better choice is all-purpose joint compound.

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Old 01-18-2012, 06:49 PM   #32
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Thanks! He already said that about the lightweight same as you. He had me get USG sheetrock brand all purpose joint compound in 5 gallon buckets with green lid and he mixes it himself. Thanks for the tip! I really appreciate it so much!
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Old 01-18-2012, 06:53 PM   #33
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I am definitely taking all the paint tips to heart, he is going to do the painting as well and I am listening very closely to all everyone has to say about which paint to get, I have been getting valspar but if there is something better out there, I'm all ears. You guys are so very helpful and I appreciate it so much.
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:06 AM   #34
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I am definitely taking all the paint tips to heart, he is going to do the painting as well and I am listening very closely to all everyone has to say about which paint to get, I have been getting valspar but if there is something better out there, I'm all ears. You guys are so very helpful and I appreciate it so much.

Just about anything you get from a real paint store is better.

Valspar and Behr are pretty much one and the same. (cheap, junk,crap)
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My experience has been that about 70% of homeowners DO NOT wash down their walls. Most wait until the next paint job to "clean" their walls.

More like 98% around here
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:47 AM   #36
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Chris, that's why I usually think customers are full of "hooey" when they say they want something they can wash down. Like they're really gonna do that on a regular basis. Heck, you can't even get them to wash off the "glue" after removing wallpaper adhesive. See, I still got it!
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Heard that! Course after doing this bedroom and closet by myself repairs, primer and paint, sure seemed easier at the time if all I had to do was wash them down. I want flat on the ceilings and just something that washes good on the walls, it does'nt have to be semi-gloss as long as it will wash down well. What is the best to use?
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[quote=gopher59;827619]Heard that! Course after doing this bedroom and closet by myself repairs, primer and paint, sure seemed easier at the time if all I had to do was wash them down. I want flat on the ceilings and just something that washes good on the walls, it does'nt have to be semi-gloss as long as it will wash down well. What is the best to use?[/quote]

Depends on where you are shopping and how much you are willing to spend
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I have already been paying 30.00 per gallon for the premium valspar at lowes. 2nd day down, he replaced 2 pieces of drywall along one wall with 12' pieces so I wouldn't have a seam except for the middle one. Also continued with mudding , fixing , and tape thru the rest of the house, so far LR, DR, Hall and 2 of the 3 BD's under what he calls "scratch" coat. Then he said he goes back over it all a time or two and sands until walls are perfect. Great work so far. Love this guy.
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Maybe I need to clarify last statement. I haven't bought the paint for the house yet, the last time I bought paint it was premium valspar and was 30.00 per gallon at lowes. I did not mean for that to sound like I had already purchased the paint. Thanks again for all the tips!
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3rd day down, skimming over "scratch coat" He fixed all the corners and re-taped them. Put "scratch coat" in bathroom and he is even doing all the closets. Good work so far.
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Good to hear- See- having a pro do it sometimes does make sense!
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I agree! A good one is worth their weight in gold. DIY'd it enough to know when I am whooped.
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Old 01-20-2012, 05:47 PM   #44
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Ask the drywall guy which paint brand he thinks is best, I'd have to agree your walls will look wonderful with a satin sheen and be easy to keep clean given a decent paint is used.

I had a bathroom light fixture replaced recently, the guy had to move the junction(?) box, said a stud was in the way of centering the fixture with the faucet so installed it off-center and only filled the hole the box had been in (the circular outline is clearly visible). I'm having nightmares thinking about trying to cover that and get anywhere near the texture already on the wall. This guy cared so little about how the whole thing looked (horrid) I'm not having him back in the house and husband is not anxious about having someone else in to do it. Ugh and shudder.
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Thank you. I am seriously considering a satin as well. They probably would'nt charge much at all to fix that for ya! Good luck!

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