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Old 04-13-2011, 09:39 AM   #1
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I am going to paint the inside on my house for the first time.I would like to know about priming before i paint.The walls are bone color now(government housing).Do I need to prime before i paint.I want to paint them a different color a light brown or something to that affect.

If I need to prime is this one coat only.

When i paint the walls then i want to do the trim and baseboards i read that i need to let the walls dry 1 week before applying tape to do the trim and baseboards is this correct.

When i paint i read that you need to let the first coat dry from 1 hour to 24 hours.What is the recommended time.

I will be using high glosse paint also.

Thanks for any and all help..

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Please dont use any type of gloss on walls. It looks cheap, and shows every flaw the wall has, not to mention for a novice, every roller and brush mark.

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Old 04-13-2011, 11:43 AM   #3
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So what type would you recommend for me to use.

Can you please tell me about drying before i tape the walls to do the trim.
And how long to let each coat dry for.And do i need primer..

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Old 04-13-2011, 12:21 PM   #4
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The paint finish you want is a function of your lifestyle and family. If you have kids or pets or for some other reason may need to wash some of the walls at some point, then consider eggshell finish or "low lustre" for the wall and semi-gloss for the trim. Otherwise, flat will give you the most pleasing surface. You definitely don't want gloss unless you have a compelling reason for it, such as on a banister that gets touched a lot.

If you are painting over old paint the only reason to prime is if you are changing the color (the hue) or shade (relative lightness or darkness) dramatically. In that case you'll likely want more than one coat to ensure complete opaque coverage over the old color and primer is much cheaper than finish paint. You can get the primer tinted close to your final color and use it as your first coat. If the color you're painting is not that much different then I would not bother with the primer.

Waiting a week before taping the walls to do the trim is wise. You could probably get by with less time but you do risk peeling off some of the fresh paint. Your mileage may vary.
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So you think eggshell is better for walls and yes i would be washing alot as have a 1 year old grand daughter that lives with us.So would need to wash them quite a bit.

So i should use glosse on trim only ok

Now how long between coats i heard from 4 hours to 1 day.

Thanks for your help..


So I assume eggshell is easier to wash then.CORRECT.
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If you are using a quality paint, 1 hr between coats. Give the surface a touch, if it's dry, it's ready, sometimes only 1/2 hr necessary.
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If you're looking for good, or even great wash, the quality of the paint is everything.
First- get it from a real paint store. The box stores sell barely adequate paint.
Personally as a pro in a case like that I recommend Benny Moore Aura eggshell. At this time it is in it's own category. But it is pricey.
But if your time is worth something, and you want the paint to perform- use good stuff.
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Now how long between coats i heard from 4 hours to 1 day.
Read the directions on your paint. It will tell you.

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So I assume eggshell is easier to wash then.CORRECT.
The 'shinier' the finish the easier it is to clean. Imagine that less-shiny surfaces are like sandpaper and more-shiny surfaces are like glass. I would go with at least a satin or semi-gloss.

And yes. You need primer.

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