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Old 03-26-2012, 12:38 PM   #1
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i painted 2 walls in my apt "periwinkle" purple, i have recentley moved out, and my landlord is trying to say it has taken 10 gallons of primer to cover 2 8x12 walls! of course she is trying to keep my deposit.

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What was the agreement between you and the landlord before you painted the wall?

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i painted 2 walls in my apt "periwinkle" purple, i have recentley moved out, and my landlord is trying to say it has taken 10 gallons of primer to cover 2 8x12 walls! of course she is trying to keep my deposit.
Hiya Tammi...

Of course she keeping your deposit. And if it wasn't the paint, it'd most likely be something else - but if her only complaint is she had to repaint the walls, 10 gallon would be enough to apply approximately 15 coats of primer (that must've been one really dark periwinkle). That is figuring 300 square feet per gallon, which is very much attainable over a painted surface.

Good luck with your deposit, but I wouldn't write any checks against it's return though.

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I just primered my guest bath, and it has the same square footage as your walls. (mine=190, yours=192)

I did two coats as it was a b!tch to cover the new spray texture completely. It took only one gallon.
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It seems like your landlord clearly lied about paint consumption. I don't know why the landlord lied, he/she would have been very justified in keeping your deposit without fabricating info.
I am a landlord, I would have gotten a quote from a professional (very expensive) painter, and submitted a copy to you, anything left over (which there likely wouldn't be) would be refunded. Unless your lease forbid painting without prior approval (which mine does), in which case there would be a fine on top of it.
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