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Old 02-27-2013, 08:09 PM   #1
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So the finish guys I hired claimed they are done with my basement. I hung the drywall and they did all the corner beads, taping, and mudding. It looks like they did a great job outside of a few touch up areas. They did 2 coats of mud and sanded today at which point they collected their money and left. They said I am ready for paint.

However I don't think I am. I looked over the work and there is dust everywhere. I took my compressor and blew all the dust off the walls. I think I got most off and plan to blow it one more time.
So my question is if this is enough? Do I need to do anything else before I paint?

The plan is 1 coat of Ben Moore Fresh Start primer N023 and N024 for the room with MDF columns. Followed by 2 coats of Ben Moore Aura matte 0522. The ceiling will be Ben Moore Waterborne Ceiling Paint 0508


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Sounds like you're good to go. I usually wipe down the walls with a soft-bristled hand broom to get the dust to the floor. Some painters go as far as VACUUMING the walls down to remove all dust but I find that takes lots of time and I always sand after the primer coat dries for 24 hours. After this sanding I use a damp sponge mop to remove any dust and then the walls are ready for paint.

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They must be some special finishers if there good enough to get it paint ready in just two coats, possible but not likly.
Might want to hold a stong light at an angle and recheck those seams.
It's normal to find a few flaws once the primer goes on so let it dry and recheck and repair the flaws, and reprime before painting.
I never would have used MDF in a basement.
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Since these were finish guys and if they used bazookas, mud boxes, nail spotters compound tubes, corner rollers. You know real drywall tools, not what we use 2 coats is the industry norm.
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I would prime the walls. Then just lightly sweep with a drywall screen. Now paint. Sometimes after priming you can get little needle pimples if you will. A light sweep with a drywall screen will make them disappear. I would have went with bulleye 123 then BM paint. Good luck.

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put a fine sanding screen on it. Just zip zap the walls after priming.

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Thanks 747, can you give me a link to a drywall screen?

I finished priming the theater with a 4base and it came out great. There are certainly a few spots I need to apply more spackle and sand smooth. What type of spackle should I use? Just some small holes the size of a pen tip. Is the green bucket too much?

The rest of the basement I did in white primer and it looks good except I need to do a 2nd coat
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Thanks 747, can you give me a link to a drywall screen?

I finished priming the theater with a 4base and it came out great. There are certainly a few spots I need to apply more spackle and sand smooth. What type of spackle should I use? Just some small holes the size of a pen tip. Is the green bucket too much?

The rest of the basement I did in white primer and it looks good except I need to do a 2nd coat
Any box store will have sanding screen in fine medum and corse grit.
All your going to need is fine and a sanding pad.
Cheaper to just use a sanding sponge,
All are sold in the drywall area at any box store.
Only thing spackle is used for is tiny nail holes.
Use some thined green top and a wide knife,
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Any box store will have sanding screen in fine medum and corse grit.
All your going to need is fine and a sanding pad.
Cheaper to just use a sanding sponge,
All are sold in the drywall area at any box store.
Only thing spackle is used for is tiny nail holes.
Use some thined green top and a wide knife,
Ok great, I've been using green and a wide knife for the touch ups so ill continue that.

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